Frequently Asked Questions About DWI Charges
Can minors be charged with DWI?
Absolutely. Texas takes a strict no-tolerance approach when minors are caught driving under the influence. Where persons under the age of 21 are involved, this offense is referred to as “driving under the influence of alcohol” (DUI). DUI involving minors under the age of 21 is a Class C misdemeanor, which can result in a fine, community service, and other alcohol-related classes.
I wasn’t even driving – can I still be charged with DWI?
Yes. Texas Penal Code § 49.04(a) says that a person is guilty of DWI if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a public space. Notice that the statute says “operating,” not “driving.” Operating can include sitting in an idle car, starting a car, and doing other things besides driving; therefore, one can be convicted of DWI without actually driving anywhere.
Can I get a DWI while operating a boat?
Texas recognizes multiple forms of driving while intoxicated, including DWI with a child passenger, boating while intoxicated, flying while intoxicated, assembling or operating an amusement ride while intoxicated, and more.
If you are worried about being charged with more than one form of driving while intoxicated, protect yourself now and connect with our McKinney DWI defense attorneys immediately. We have taken over 250 misdemeanor and felony cases to trial, so we understand what it takes to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
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