If you’re stopped on suspicion of drinking and driving, you may be charged with something else, too. Here’s what you need to know about the common charges that often go along with DWI charges.
Like most other states, you cannot have an open container of alcohol in the cab of your vehicle in Texas. You do not have to be operating your vehicle to be charged with an open container violation. This means that even if your vehicle is parked and you have no intention of driving it at all, you could still be arrested.
If you’re arrested for drinking and driving, the police will search your vehicle to look for other types of contraband like marijuana or illegal weapons. If law enforcement officers find drugs in your car, you will most likely be charged with possession according to the type of drug and the amount in your possession along with your DWI charge.
Along with the possession of drugs, police will also be looking for paraphernalia. In the state of Texas, simple possession of paraphernalia is a Class C Misdemeanor, which will be added to your DWI charge if you’re arrested. However, if police believe you are distributing or are in possession of paraphernalia with the intent to distribute, you could be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a higher fine and jail time.
Often, individuals charged with a DWI will also find themselves charged with reckless driving. Texas law defines reckless driving as the operation of a vehicle in a way that willfully and wantonly disregards the safety of others. For example, going 20 mph over the posted speed limit could be charged as reckless driving. It’s considered a misdemeanor and carries up to a 30-day jail sentence and up to a $200 fine.
If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, it’s important that you contact an experienced drunk driving attorney in Fort Bend as soon as possible. This becomes even more critical if you were also charged with reckless driving, an open container violation, or any other crime. Anthony R. Segura is a seasoned DWI lawyer dedicated to helping residents of Fort Bend and surrounding areas in Texas overcome criminal charges with harsh penalties. Call today for a consultation to discuss the details of your case at (280) 240-DWI1.