|Laws & Statutes
- DWI/DUI Law: Texas
- Texas Transportation Code
If a Texas Peace Officer pulls someone over on a suspicion of drunk driving, he must request that the driver submit to an intoxication test. The driver can submit to the test or refuse. The State suspends the driver's license of a driver who fails the test. The State also suspends the driver's license of a driver who refuses the test. The law on administrative suspension of a driver's license for suspicion of drunk driving is found in Chapter 524 and Chapter 724 of the Texas Transportation Code. Chapter 522 of the Transportation Code includes driving while intoxicated laws applicable to holders of commercial drivers' licenses. CDL holders are prohibited from driving with any detectable amount of in their system. The Texas Legislature provides online access to the Code. The Code is downloadable in .pdf and MSWord formats.
- Texas Penal Code
Chapter 49 of the Texas Penal Code details the State's "Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses." The offenses include driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, intoxication assault, and intoxication manslaughter. Persons over 18 are prohibited from driving while "intoxicated" (DWI). Juveniles and Commercial Drivers are prohibited from Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of any amount of alcohol. The Texas Legislature provides online access to the Code. The Code is downloadable in .pdf and MSWord formats.
- Texas Code of Criminal Procedure
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure regulates the prosecution of persons accused of crimes, including drunk driving offenses. The Texas Legislature provides online access to the Code. The Code is downloadable in .pdf and MSWord formats.
- DWI/DUI Law: U.S.
- United States Code
Generally, the crime of driving or operating a mode of transportation while intoxicated or under the influence is a product and province of state law. However, the United States Code includes laws regulating certain similar acts. For example, Chapter 17A of Part I of Title 18 of the United States Code details the offense of "Common Carrier Operation Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs." The Government Printing Office provides online access to the Code.
|Government, Agencies & Courts
- Courts: State
- Texas State Courts
The official website for the State's Courts provides a layout of the Court structure in Texas and links to the courts' websites. Published opinions of the Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court, and the Court of Criminal Appeals can be found on their websites.
- Courts: U.S.
- Federal Courts
The official site for the United State's Courts provides links to each individual federal court. Published opinions of the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court can be found on their websites.
- Govt. Agencies: State
- Texas Department of Public Safety
The Texas Department of Public Safety's Administrative License Revocation 'division' handles the administrative suspension of a driver's license for failing an intoxication test or refusing an intoxication test. The Department's site provides information on the law and the administrative process. Persons accused of DUI are well advised to contact an attorney immediately as the deadline for defending against an administrative suspension arrives quickly after their arrest.
- Govt. Agencies: U.S.
- U.S. Dept. of Health's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The official website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides information and news related to activities and services of the administration, which includes homeless assistance, substance abuse treatment, mental health aid and more.
- U.S. Department of Transportation
Generally, the crime of driving or operating a mode of transportation while intoxicated or under the influence is a product and province of state law. However, federal law includes provisions regulating certain similar acts. The U.S. Department of Transportation's site provides information on the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. The Act requires drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other transportation industries.
- The National Commission Against Drunk Driving
The National Commission Against Drunk Driving is the successor to the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 to develop the first report on this national problem. The Commission works closely with all related federal, state, local officials, and interested private sector groups to identify and develop strategies and programs that show promise in reducing the incidences of driving impaired.
- Juvenile Offenses
- Traffic Citations
- DWI/DUI Prevention
- MADD Online Home
Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocates to prevent drunk driving, offers support for victims, and provides statistics and information about drunk driving and its effects.
- Drink Wheel - Drink Calculator for Breath Alcohol Testing
Intox.com, a product of The Intoximeters Inc., offers the "Drink Wheel" - a form visitors can fill out that, when completed, will instantly compute your estimated blood/breath alcohol concentration ("BAC") or blood alcohol content.
- Insurance Carriers
Texans who have had their licenses suspended must provide the Department of Public Safety with an SR-22 before they can obtain occupational licenses or reinstate their licenses. SR-22 insurance is motor vehicle liability insurance which requires the insurance company to certify coverage to DPS, and the insurance company must notify DPS anytime the policy is cancelled, terminated or lapses. SR22Texas.com offers SR-22 insurance.
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