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Should you take a field sobriety test during a DWI stop?

If you are pulled over by law enforcement in Texas for suspected DWI, the officer will typically have a planned set of questions and tests to give you to determine if you may be intoxicated. Many times, people who are not as familiar with their rights and who may be intimidated in this situation may submit to any test the officer asks them to do. But did you know you are not required to participate in any field sobriety tests?

Father faces weapons, drug possession charges in Texas

Anyone who has driven with small children likely knows of the distractions that they can create. However, most parents are committed to doing everything they can to meet the needs of their children and protect their safety. Despite this, a man in Texas now faces multiple charges, including drug possession, after he was stopped by police.

The traffic stop that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in January. According to reports, the 29-year-old father traveled to Texas to pick up his young children. He was driving them to live with him in another state.

Driver involved in Texas crash suspected of drunk driving

Car accidents can happen at anytime of the day or night. However, law enforcement officers may be quicker to assume that an accident that happens during the early morning hours, for example, is the result of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a man in Texas is now suspected of drunk driving following a recent crash.

The incident reportedly happened at approximately 1 a.m. on a day in January. According to reports, witnesses spotted a red pickup truck being driven erratically. Reports claim that as the driver -- later identified as a 34-year-old man -- approached a red light, he accelerated through. Police say that the truck struck a northbound vehicle in the intersection.

Domestic violence claim leads to firing of Texas police chief

Romantic relationships are often complex. Even people who love each other very much can experience conflict. While stressful, this conflict rarely results in violence. Despite this, a police chief in Texas was recently fired from his position after he became the subject of domestic violence allegations.

The incident that led to the man's termination reportedly happened on a day in late December. The man faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a misdemeanor. Reports regarding the incident are vague, leaving many of the details unclear. However, the town's city manager claims that the arrest was a violation of the police chief's contract, resulting in his termination. He had previously been suspended from his position of chief following unrelated allegations of conflicts of interest and inappropriate workplace conduct.

Man charged with aggravated robbery in Texas

Many people in Texas and across the country have made mistakes at some point in their lives. These past mistakes, however, are not indicators of the future. Unfortunately, despite attempts to overcome their pasts, many will still be judged because of them. In fact, reports describing aggravated robbery charges against a man also detail his past convictions.

The man was most recently arrested following an alleged robbery attempt that occurred at a Texas gas station on a day in mid-December.  According to reports, the 29-year-old man entered the gas station around 8:30 p.m. and demanded money. A witness claims that when the clerk was unable to provide money, the man shot her several times before fleeing the scene in a motor vehicle.

What to expect if you’re stopped in Texas for DWI

Texas is so serious about stopping people from driving while intoxicated that you can be arrested for either DWI or DUI in the state.

You can get a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if an officer stops you and your blood alcohol content level is enough to register on a breathalyzer test but is less than the legal limit of 0.08. You face a Class C misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500 and a potential license suspension.

Texas police say drunk driving a factor in recent crash

The many different lights a driver may encounter when driving at night can be disorienting. Unfortunately, many drivers may have difficulty identifying and adequately respond to a vehicle that is stopped in the roadway. In fact, police say that a man driving a sports utility vehicle recently struck the rear of a vehicle stopped in a Texas roadway. Law enforcement officials have accused him of drunk driving

The incident happened late one evening on a day in December. According to reports, a vehicle driven by a 51-year-old man was stopped in travel lanes after breaking down; the driver, according to reports, had engaged the hazard lights and exited the vehicle. Unfortunately, police say that an SUV driven by a 31-year-old man struck the first vehicle in the rear.

Texas robbery reports lead to criminal charges

When there appears to be a wave of crime happening in a particular area of a city, there is an understandable concern and desire for justice. However, there must be sufficient evidence to support any criminal allegations made as a result. Unfortunately, a man in Texas now faces multiple charges as a result of several robbery accusations, among others, made against him by law enforcement officials. 

The charges are connected to a series of robberies, primarily against Asian women in a specific area, that are said to have occurred from June 2017 to Sept. 2018. Police say that the 41-year-old man accused of the robberies stalked his victims before robbing them of money, jewelry and high-end purses. Police suspect that he targeted these women because he found them easy targets and because minority groups may be less likely to report the crimes due to fear of law enforcement officers.

Police say Texas father accused of drunk driving after chase

The criminal justice systems is complex, even for those who have spent years of their life trying to understand it. For those who have little legal training, criminal charges can be especially stressful. In fact, a Texas father may now be wondering about his legal options after he was arrested following an incident that allegedly involved drunk driving.

The incident that led to the man's arrest is said to have occurred on a day in late October. While it is unclear what initially attracted police attention, police say that the 37-year-old father, driving a tractor-trailer, led them on a chase that lasted an hour. Reports claim that the chase spanned three countries and just under 40 miles, and the man was driving at 80 mph.

Texas man faces possession charges after complaint, traffic stop

An interaction with police can be an overwhelming experience for many people in Texas. Simply because of the authority that police officers have, some people may be unsure how to respond to certain requests, including requests for information. Fortunately, help from a legal professional with experience with drug possession charges and other crimes may be able to help a man respond to the accusations he faces following his recent arrest.

Reports indicate that the man first came to the attention of police after they received a complaint about "possible illegal drug activity" one day in mid-October. The details of that complaint are unclear. As a result of it, however, police initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man.

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