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Texas Driver Responsibility Program
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 3, 2019
  • Category: DWI

House Bill 2048 killed the notorious Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) in Texas. Governor Abbott signed this bill on June 14, 2019 and it becomes effective September 1, 2019. DRP required that Texas drivers who were convicted of certain offenses were required to pay hefty annual surcharges on top of fines and court costs in order to maintain a valid license.…Read More

Can I Get A DWI From Just Smoking Marijuana
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: August 5, 2019
  • Category: DWI

Yes! A person can get a DWI even though the person never consumed a drop of alcohol. In Texas, you can get arrested and charged for DWI from taking drugs, alcohol, or any dangerous substance. And the possible consequences of Driving While Intoxicated are the same regardless of the intoxicant. It is helpful to look at the definition of “intoxicated”…Read More

DWI: Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 29, 2019
  • Category: DWI

In Texas, like other states, when a driver accepts the privilege to drive (receive a driver’s license) he or she consents to being tested for drugs and alcohol if suspected of driving under the influence. However, a driver can revoke this consent. But what happens when a driver is unable to revoke consent due to unconsciousness? Implied Consent in DWI…Read More

New DWI Laws In Texas
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: July 24, 2019
  • Category: DWI

Finally, as of September 1, 2019 deferred adjudication community supervision (deferred probation) will be available to first time driving while intoxicated (DWI) and boating while intoxicated (BWI) offenders in Texas.  House Bill 3582 amends Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 42A.102(b) to permit a judge to impose deferred adjudication community supervision for someone charged with DWI (or BWI) for the…Read More

  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 6, 2018
  • Category: DWI

The year 2017 was good for first time Driving While Intoxicated offenders in Texas. In that year, Texas lawmakers agreed to allow some first-time DWI offenders to petition the court for a nondisclosure, which would seal their DWI record from public access. This new and long-awaited opportunity is found in Texas Government Code Sections 411.0731 (applies to those placed on…Read More

Do's & Don'ts of a DWI Stop
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: September 26, 2018
  • Category: DWI

Pulled Over and You've Been Drinking--What Now? If you've been drinking and the police pull you over, you can choose to make things better or worse for yourself. First of all, it is legal for people (21 years and older) to consume alcohol and drive so long as they're not intoxicated. In other words, you're not guilty of DWI merely…Read More