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DUI - Driving Under the Influence

What is a DUI?

DUI stands for 'Driving Under the Influence'. A DUI ONLY applies to people under the age of 21 in Texas. 

In Texas, there is a zero tolerance policy for minors who drink and drive. This means, that if a minor is driving a motor vehicle has ANY detectable trace of alcohol, they can be charged with a DUI - even if you are not legally drunk. 

DUI vs. DWI

The main difference between a DUI (Drinking Under the Influence) and a DWI (Drinking While Intoxicated) is the age of the offender and the BAC at the time of driving. 

In Texas, if a person is under the age of 21 he or she cannot drive with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of ANY level. That is because in Texas, there is a zero tolerance for under-aged drinking and driving. Thus a person under the age of 21 that is drinking and driving, regardless of the BAC level, can be charged with a DUI.

However, it is possible for a person under the age of 21 to be charged with a DWI if the BAC is greater than 0.8! 

DWI (Driving while Intoxicated) is a much harsher offense than a DUI. There are three different ways a Prosecutor can attempt to prove that a person was driving while intoxicated. One of them is if he offender was caught driving with a BAC of .08 or higher. To learn more about DWI click HERE. 

What are the Penalties for a DUI? 

A DUI is considered a Class C misdemeanor, thus there is no possibility for jail time. However, it can negatively impact your life in different ways.

  • Your Driver License could be suspended for up to 60 days

  • Insurance rates may go up

  • Fine up to $500

  • Up to 40 hours of Community Service

  • You may have to take classes (e.g. Alcohol Awareness Class)

If you or a loved one was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Contact us today at 512-872-3131.