What are “No Refusal Weekends?”
Austin is home to one of the greatest night life scenes in the country. People come from all over the world to visit Austin and experience the live music, bars, and overall atmosphere. Due to the high rates of drunk driving, the police authorities will frequently declare certain weekends to be “no refusal weekends.” This term means that those suspected of drunk driving must take a breathalyzer and if it is refused, a warrant will immediately be granted and the suspect will be required to provide a blood sample. On normal weekends, individuals pulled over for suspected drunk driving can refuse to take a breathalyzer test and the the police officer will have to go through a lengthy process in order to request a warrant for a blood sample, allowing the suspected individual’s blood alcohol content to fall below the legal limit.
On “no refusal weekends,” however, the system is centralized, and police officers can receive warrants quickly so those suspected of drunk driving will be forced to submit a blood sample shortly after being pulled over. This puts people at a higher risk of being charged with a DUI or DWI. These are serious charges in Texas and can result in serious consequences.
Consequences for DWI/DUI
Some of the potential consequences of DWI/DUI include:
- Fines up to $10,000
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Jail time up to 10 years
If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI, you may wish to seek experienced legal assistance in order to fight such charges.
Consult a DWI/DUI lawyer in Austin
At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, our Austin legal team has years of experience defending those charged with a DUI or DWI. Our team is prepared to fight for your legal rights and interests. Call (512) 472-1950 today to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Austin ready to talk you through the legal process.