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Exploring the New Non-disclosure Law Requirements in Texas Being charged and found guilty of driving while under the influence (DWI) can be a costly venture both financially and personally. Attorney fees, fines, possible restitution and a tarnished reputation but is there a way to put it all behind you?

If you reside in Texas, you and your attorney may find solace in the non-disclosure process described within Government Code 411.081(d). Often viewed as a method to provide those guilty of a misdemeanor to begin the process of regaining control of not only their private but public life. The process known as non-disclosure involves petitioning for a deferred adjudication and if successful can seal all records from dissemination from public view by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

As originally legislated, this process was confusing as even though a person charged with a DWI offense who received a reduction and further deferred adjudication his or her DWI arrest record was still available as a public record.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Farther Up the Road With an Open Container of Alcohol Can Cause You HeartacheThe phone rings, it is three o’clock in the morning and your friend needs your help. After a night out on the Texas town your friend has come to the realization that they are too intoxicated to drive. Satisfied with your friend’s decision of not enlisting in the ranks with the reported 2.1% of Texans who have admitted to driving while having too much to drink, you are only happy to help. Clearly beyond the legal limit of a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and not another soul in sight they surely made the smart decision of contacting you for help but there is one thing that could easily undo this good deed, your friend jumped in your car with an open container of alcohol.

Thankful you were available to help and save your friend from an almost certain driving while under the influence (DWI) charge or worse yet, an accident, not much thought has been given to the open beer as you continue the drive to his house.

As yet another beer can cracks open your attention quickly diverts to the Texas State Police cruiser behind you and in an instant, the lights begin signaling you to pull over. No worries you think as you remember that your passenger tail light has burnt out and you have yet to repair it. Perhaps a warning and perhaps even a bit of authoritative praise for your journey of good will toward you intoxicated friend.

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Front Line Defense with Mothers Against Drunk Driving® - How Everyone Can Aid in the CampaignMothers Against Driving® or MADD, the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to protecting families from those choosing to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, at last count posted 600 official chapters across the United States, Texas included.

Currently in the great state of Texas alone, MADD® currently covers each navigational region as offices can be found in such Texas cities as

  • Austin,
  • El Paso,
  • Houston,
  • Irvine,
  • San Antonio, and
  • Tyler.

Following the death of a founding member’s daughter due to an alcohol-related crash on September 5, 1980, MADD has been promoting their message of no more victims and has recently published viable information for the public to become involved in their campaign.

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Are Lyft and Uber lowering DWIs in San Antonio?, DWI, DUI statistics, Uber, LyftOne dark and snowy night in Paris, 2008, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp were frustrated and troubled when trying to hail a cab. Thinking there had to be a better way, their solution would revolutionize how we get from Point A to Point B with just a few clicks on our smartphones. Uber was born.

By downloading the Uber app, we now can rely seemingly on technology to solve

our logistical needs. Need a ride, have a package to deliver or without worry, plan a night out on the town without a possible arrest looming for driving while under the influence (DWI)?  With one quick tap of an app, a low-cost car is on its way.

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Texas DWI attorneyIn the state of Texas, even a first DUI/DWI can result in heavy penalties, including the loss of a license, jail time, fines, and an annual fee to retain your license once it can be reinstated. What happens, though, when a first mistake turns into a second or third? What are the consequences for those who are caught driving intoxicated years later, or beyond a third time? The following outlines the laws in Texas for subsequent DWI convictions.

Second and Third DUI Convictions

Texas has an indefinite “lookback” period, meaning your DUIs and DWIs are never truly forgotten by the justice system. Every conviction counts against you, regardless of how much time has lapsed. So, even if your last conviction was 20 years ago, and you were recently arrested for an allegedly driving intoxicated, you are looking at charges for a second DWI.

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