In Texas, only a minor can be charged with Driving Under the Influence, and it is a Class C misdemeanor. It does not require that a minor be intoxicated while behind the wheel, but merely that they drove with "any detectable amount of alcohol in [their] system." On the other hand, anyone - minor or not - can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated, which can range from a Class B misdemeanor to a felony offense depending on the circumstances. That being said, DWI does require proof that the driver was actually intoxicated, rather than merely "under the influence" of alcohol.
Whether you or a loved one are facing a charge of Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, it is imperative that you retain experienced counsel to protect your future. Even though it is a Class C misdemeanor, a DUI charge can still lead to fines, license suspensions, and the loss of future career opportunities. Call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of James & Reynolds to discuss how we can help.
At James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask in Bryan, Texas, we provide criminal defense for clients throughout the Brazos Valley, including the cities of College Station, Austin, Houston, Conroe, Huntsville, and Brenham, and Brazos County, Grimes County, Robertson County, Madison County, Burleson County, Washington County, Walker County, Milam County, Leon County, and Lee County.