Arrested While Vacationing In Texas
There are many lovely vacation destinations in Texas. According to one estimate over 10 million visitors come to Texas each year. With so many people coming to Texas, it makes sense that the reason people visit varies. Some are coming to spend time with family, others are college students or young professionals flocking to parties and bars. It is an unfortunate reality that some vacationers are arrested for drinking and driving while they are traveling away from their home state.
If you are arrested for drinking and driving, you will be taken to a local police station. There, you will be booked. This process typically takes a few hours. Then, you will wait in a processing center until you are released. As soon as possible, connect with a Houston DWI lawyer.
Interstate Driver License Compact and TX Court Appearances
DWIs that are received while vacationing in Texas could require a court appearance as the state is part of the Interstate Driver License Compact. Most states are part of this agreement, with the exception of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and a few others. The agreement means that driving records and traffic violations are shared between states, including criminal charges such as DWIs and civil infractions.
It is likely you will have to be present, in person, for some of the process. That said, there are legal items your lawyer can attend to on your behalf, which can lessen the amount of traveling you will need to do once you return to your home state.
Serious charges could lead to a trial. If this is true for you, your Texas attorney can walk you through the pros and cons of a plea deal. While many individuals do not want to plead guilty to a lesser charge, they realize it is a smoother path for them as they live in another state and are unable to return to Texas as much as would be required. Plus, depending on the details of the case, a trial may head in another direction than the person imagined.
Discuss Your Out-of-State Arrest with an Attorney
Out-of-state arrests need to be taken seriously. Talk to a Houston DWI lawyer about your arrest or the arrest of your loved one. Thinking you can return home and leave the arrest behind is foolish and will lead to more legal issues later. Connect with an experienced attorney who is familiar with the laws in the state in which you were arrested.
Were you on vacation in Texas when you were arrested for a DWI? Wherever your home state is, you need a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in the area where you were charged to build your defense. The legal team at Ayson Law Firm is well-versed in Texas law and will fight to protect your rights. Our lawyers will work to get the charges dismissed or the penalties reduced, depending on the situation. Connect with a lawyer who will work to keep you out of jail or reduce penalties. Contact us today for a free consultation.