Whether or not the defendant provides a chemical sample, the Field Sobriety Tests are important in DWI cases.
Generally, assault is a spontaneous crime related to alcohol consumption. A verbal argument gets out of control or people do things they normally would not do. As a result, Section 22.01 crimes are fairly common on court dockets in the months following the sometimes overly-festive holiday season.
Ordinary possession charges, which could be misdemeanors or felonies, account for over 80 percent of the drug cases in Parker County. This high percentage is probably a byproduct of the 1980s war on drugs. Back then, perhaps because of the fictional and news media, most people saw drug possession as a criminal matter.
If you are charged with a crime in Parker County, do not expect a dramatic courtroom showdown like the ones in movies and TV. Only about 2 percent of criminal cases go to trial.
Most states legalized DWI checkpoints in the 1990s. Generally, these checkpoints are legal, as long as they meet certain requirements. One such requirement is specific legal authorization from the state's legislature.
Drivers' license suspension is perhaps the worst collateral effect of a DWI. However, contrary to popular myth, arrest-related drivers' license suspension is neither automatic nor mandatory. That's assuming the defendant requests an Administrative License Revocation hearing. At the ALR hearing, the state must prove specific facts to impose license suspension.
The conviction rate in DWI chemical test cases is about twice as high as the conviction rate in non-test cases. Even still, only about 20 percent of DWI defendants refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.
All criminal convictions have direct as well as collateral consequences. Many offenses are crimes of moral turpitude. CMTs could have immigration and other consequences. Additionally, criminal convictions usually make it difficult to obtain student aid, pursue certain professional occupations, or even find a good place to live.
The high prison population in the United States gets lots of attention in the press. Yet the probation population is twice as high as the prison population.
Both these things sound roughly alike and have long words that start with "D." Moreover, they are both a lot like probation, from a procedural standpoint. FInally, they both have the same happy ending. If the defendant successfully completes either program, the defendant has no conviction record.