Drinking and driving is easy to prevent, yet many people still get arrested for it every year. The rates are always high, but they significantly increase during the New Year celebrations. People stay up late, drinking and hanging out with friends and family. Before they know it, they’ve had one too many drinks and it’s 3 hours into the New Year. People can make bad decisions when under the influence and one of the most common ones is getting behind the wheel. If you have made that mistake, get in touch with ABC Bail Bonds right away. Our team is available 24/7 to grant speedy releases. All you need to do is attend the court dates for your DUI charge.
What Is a DUI?
A DUI (driving under the influence) is a criminal offense in which a person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This offense is taken very seriously in Texas, and cops are extra alert during the holiday season.
Signs of a Drunk Driver
If you believe that you can get away with drinking and driving, think again. There are clear signs that indicate to policemen that you are driving under the influence. Here are a few common ones below:
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- Making wide turns
- Erratic braking
- Weaving across lane lines
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Diminished reaction time
Penalties for a DUI Charge
The penalties for a DUI charge vary depending on the jurisdiction and the severity of the offense. Generally, penalties can include fines, jail time, license suspension or revocation, and community service. For a first-time conviction in Texas, possible penalties include a fine of up to $2,000, jail time from three days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspension of up to two years.
For subsequent convictions, the penalties can include a fine of up to $4,000, up to a year in jail, and a driver’s license suspension of up to two years. Additionally, a conviction may also require the installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, participation in an alcohol education program, and/or the submission to an alcohol assessment.
Our Bondsmen at ABC Bail Bonds
If you have been arrested in Houston, Texas, get in touch with ABC Bail Bonds today. Our bondsmen know the ins and outs of the justice system and know who to go to to get you a speedy release. We are a team you can trust and will keep your information completely confidential.
All you need to do is pay a small percentage of the bail amount and we will cover the rest. We are accountable for your showing to your court dates, so as long as you follow the bail rules and show up to court, the process will go smoothly. Get in touch with us right away and we will get started on your case immediately!