There seems to be no end to the different ways in which people are charged with DWI in the state of Texas. In a recently published story, it was reported that a Limestone County Judge was pulled over on suspicion of DWI. Soon after being pulled over, he was put under arrest and taken to the county jail where he was booked on charges of DWI and released on a personal bond of $1,000.
When the fact a county judge was charged with DWI became public knowledge, the judge appeared on a television news show for an interview. During the tearful showing he explained that he suffers from asthma, and tried his dad’s home remedy to get relief. According to the judge, this included a mixture of whiskey, honey, and lemon.
Of course a home remedy including alcohol is not an excuse to drive drunk. When the police tested this judge’s BAC it reportedly came back at 0.112. In fact, the judge admitted he did not even remember how he got to the store where he was picked up and arrested on suspicion of DWI. This leads us to a conversation about the law and excuses.
The Law and Excuses
The law can be a cruel regulator of human activity. Rarely are courts inclined to be sympathetic to a person’s personal situation, no matter how compelling. We can see that in this situation. Here we have a judge who took a home remedy to fix his ailment, and it led to him allegedly driving drunk.
Once he was discovered in that state, but the police did not ask questions or try to understand his personal situation. They treated the judge much like anyone else arrested on suspicion for DWI. He was investigated, a blood sample taken, and then booked where he was later let go on a bond of $1,000. While he had what could be interpreted as a reasonable excuse, the law did not really care.
The Importance of Constitutional Rights
What is more important in any criminal investigation than excuses are the constitutional rights we enjoy, which protect us from government overreach. No matter who we are or what our personal situation is, certain rights exist to protect us from being abused by the police, prosecutors, or other arms of the powerful state law enforcement machine.
Among those rights are the basic rights most people already know about. Each of has the right to not be called to testify against ourselves in a criminal trial, the right a jury, and others. We are also granted the right to be treated reasonable by the police as they investigate crimes. We have the right to keep our private papers, things, and property safe from inspection or seizure unless the police have a warrant from a judge. These and many other rights join forces to defend each of us against whatever crime the state decides to charge, including DWI.
If you are charged with DWI in Texas, you need to understand and defend your rights. At The Wilder DWI Defense Firm, we can help you understand your rights, and we will defend them. Contact us for a free consultation today.
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