February 01, 2017 - Perhaps you are already in the city of Houston, enjoying some of the many pre-Super Bowl 51 festivities the city has to offer. Or, perhaps you are a Boston, Massachusetts resident who will be coming in closer to Sunday, February 5th, for the game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Whether you plan on enjoying the pre-game parties and concerts or will enjoy a rowdy tailgate party prior to the Super Bowl game, remember that law enforcement in Houston and in the surrounding areas of Sugarland, Pasadena, Pearland and Stafford, will be on the lookout for those committing traffic violations and for impaired drivers.
The BAC limit in the state of Texas is 0.08 percent. It can be very easy to be having such a good time with old or new friends that you really don’t think about being over the legal limit. Needless to say, it can put a real damper on Boston, Massachusetts residents to be cited for a Houston traffic violation or to receive a Super Bowl DWI. You may have already experienced such an occurrence if you have been in Houston for a few days, enjoying the warmup to Super Bowl 51. Or, you may have just arrived in Houston, and have a jam-packed few days planned prior to the big game. Either way, consider the following:
- Don’t discount the benefits of hiring a Houston DWI lawyer. While facing a Houston DWI charge, it is important to know the repercussions you face, both immediate and long-term. Having an experienced Houston DWI lawyer on board as soon as possible is crucial to the outcome of your charges.
- Even first-time Houston DWI charges are extremely serious, and can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, steep fines and fees, possible incarceration, and an increase in insurance premiums to the extent your insurance may become prohibitively expensive. You could also potentially lose your job, become ineligible for a government student loan or a professional license, and be unable to own a firearm or run for public office.
While you may only be thinking of the immediate consequences of a Houston DWI charge or other criminal offense, your Houston DWI attorney knows all the consequences, both short-term and long-term and can help you decide the best course of action. If you are in Houston from Boston, Massachusetts, or from anywhere else outside the state, you may not know that:
- You have the right to refuse a breathalyzer and blood test, however refusal could result in a six-month license suspension;
- If you fail the breathalyzer test (or refuse it), you only have fifteen days to request a hearing which could potentially save your driving privileges, and
- You are not required to answer any questions, and you should not answer questions. State your name and address, then politely request a Houston DWI attorney.
We hope nothing mars your Super Bowl 51, whether you are a New England Patriots fan from Boston, Massachusetts, an Atlanta Falcons fan from Atlanta, Georgia, a Texas native, or you are from anywhere else across the nation. If, however, you have already experienced a Houston DWI or criminal charge, or you doreceive a criminal charge or DWI, don’t face the consequences on your own. Making one simple phone call can help to alter the outcome of either of these occurrences. Enjoy Super Bowl 51 and all that Houston has to offer, but if trouble finds you, get the experienced legal help you need.