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Road rage in Texas can lead to serious criminal consequences

Driving in Texas can be a uniquely frustrating experience. Many people drive as though they own the roads. They act with little concern for others. That can mean failing to use a blinker, cutting someone off or tailgating another driver. Those are only a few examples of rage-inducing driving practices common on Texas roadways.

Regardless of how poorly someone handles a vehicle, you should do your best to remain calm. Losing your temper on the road can lead to incidents of road rage, which can have serious criminal consequences for both parties involved.

Refusing roadside chemical testing won't prevent a DWI charge

Texas takes certain crimes very seriously and driving while impaired (DWI) is one of them. Especially for repeat offenders, there are significant consequences that can result from a conviction or guilty plea. Those consequences include hefty fines, loss of your license and jail time.

It's no wonder then, that many people choose to defend against criminal charges related to impaired driving. Taking a proactive stance against pending charges is a good decision.

Think carefully about what you do after a shoplifting accusation

More so today than ever before, stores of all sizes are keeping a close eye on everyone who enters. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that they don't want to become a victim of shoplifting. The more frequently this happens, the more money the store loses.

Unfortunately, with this in mind, it's not out of the question for a store owner or employee to accuse you of shoplifting when nothing could be further from the truth. Not only can this be embarrassing, but it has the potential to lead to criminal charges that will impact your life in many ways.

Threatening language on social media could mean criminal charges

Social media is an incredible tool. It helps people stay connected with friends, family and acquaintances all over the world. With a touch of a button and a few quick keystrokes, you can let everybody in your inner circle know about something exciting or disappointing that recently happened.

Unfortunately, social media also presents opportunities for people to get themselves into serious legal trouble. Arguments on social media can quickly spiral out of control. You need to make sure that you are not saying anything online that you wouldn't say to someone in real life. Aggressive language could actually mean criminal charges in the future.

Impaired driving doesn't always mean alcohol was involved

Drugged driving isn't a problem that impacts only the driver. It can affect everyone who knows that person, as well as those who are on the road when the person is behind the wheel. It is imperative that all drivers take the time to recognize what it means to be driving impaired because this doesn't always have to do with alcohol.

One important thing that people don't realize is that illegal drugs do not always lead to a DWI charge. This fact alone means that people might actually be breaking the law without realizing what they are doing.

Drinking can lead to flaring tempers and then assault charges

Alcoholism is a serious concern in American society. Many people enjoy a drink after work, but not everyone has the strength to stop after one or two drinks. Some people will drink at bars or parties until they can't stand up, while others will drink in private to avoid the judgment of others. There are many risks involved with alcohol abuse, including the potential for driving while impaired charges.

It's all to easy for someone who routinely drinks to lose his or her temper while under the influence. All it takes is one disagreement that goes too far and you could find yourself facing serious criminal charges, including assault.

DWI charges can mean driving with an ignition interlock device

Charges related to driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas are serious offenses. Anyone accused of a DWI offense should educate themselves about the potential consequences and options for defense against these charges. Simply pleading guilty isn't usually the best option available. While you may want to avoid a criminal trial, a conviction can have far-reaching consequences.

You could lose your job due to the conviction, especially if your career involves driving in any way. You will also end up saddled with a criminal record that could complicate your life for years to come. You will lose your license for a period of time determined by any previous DWI convictions on your record. In some cases, you may have the option of seeking limited license under the state's ignition interlock device (IID) program.

Texas takes theft of motor vehicles very seriously

Stealing a car is a throw-away part of many movies and video games. Characters hop into, hotwire and steal someone else's car without any consideration of the consequences. They drive away, often trashing the vehicle in the process. In the end, they dispose of the vehicle as though it's of no concern. Seeing it happen so much in the media can inspire people, especially impressionable teens and young adults.

In the real world, unlike movies, there are major consequences that can last for years for people who get caught stealing vehicles. With modern technology, including mobile phone records, GPS systems and internal cameras, the potential for getting caught is high. The state does its best to deter this kind of crime by penalizing it seriously.

Alcoholism can get you in serious trouble with the law

For all intents and purposes, having an alcohol problem isn't "illegal" per se. However, it could lead to various behaviors and activities that get you into serious trouble with the law. Not the least of these behaviors is drunk driving.

Not only could drunk driving get you arrested and charged with a serious crime, but it could endanger you and your loved ones' lives. Approximately every 20 minutes, someone either dies or suffers an injury because of a car accident caused by intoxicated driving. This is why police enforce DWI laws so strictly and it's why the penalties are so severe.

A joyride in someone's vehicle could mean major criminal charges

It happens all the time in the movies and on television shows. Someone needs to get somewhere in an emergency, so they jump into someone else's vehicle and drive off. Adults under the influence of drugs or alcohol could find themselves making a truly questionable decision involving someone else's car. Teenagers, especially those in both big cities and rural areas, may find the idea of driving around for a while without concern about the damages to the vehicle freeing and fun.

However, the risk involved with these actions is relatively severe. Anyone driving under the influence is dangerous. Even if you manage to get the vehicle back to the place you took it from, you could still cause serious property damage to the vehicle involved and other property. Worse, if you get caught, you could face very serious theft charges.

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