Before 1983, a DUI involved those driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but today it only pertains to minors. In Texas, minors are not allowed to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This has statistically been shown to be a deadly combination. A DUI charge only requires proof that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in the body of the driver.
There are several methods used by authorities to test the alcohol or drug concentration in the body. Texas law provides that alcohol concentration testing be performed by analyzing the DUI suspect's Blood, Urine, and Breath.
Blood testing is considered the most accurate and reliable means of testing alcohol concentration. It does require more time and work to obtain and analyze a blood specimen though. In some cases, suspects can demand that the blood be rechecked if the suspect believes an error was made.
Urine testing is the least accurate and least reliable means of alcohol concentration testing. This is also the least preferable method and numerous scientific debates have been ongoing about the accuracy and reliability of this method.
Breath testing is the most common type of testing. A police officer on the street can conveniently test alcohol concentration using breath testing. Its accuracy and reliability has been debated among leading experts and authorities disagree about how accurate this method is. Under current laws in Texas, breath samples are not preserved for subsequent rechecks.
If you are currently accused of driving under the influence, it's important to get highly experienced legal representation from a seasoned professional. Being convicted of a DUI in Houston could cost you thousands of dollars in fines. Your driving privileges may be suspended; you could even lose your job or jeopardize your relationships.
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