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Bill could change DUI penalties for .15 BAC and higher

Posted on June 15th, 2011 No Comments

A bill currently awaiting a signature from Governor Perry could change penalties for those arrested and charged with a DUI for having a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or higher.

The bill was written by Houston State Senator Dan Patrick and proposes changing charges for those with a blood alcohol content of two times the legal limit from Class B misdemeanors to Class A misdemeanors.

This bill could effectively double penalties related to DUIs.  If the bill is signed, individuals with BACs over .15 percent could face a fine of up to $4,000 and jail time of up to a year.  The bill will become effective on September 1st if the governor decides to sign.

Contact the Houston DUI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today, if you or someone you know needs experienced legal representation to help in the defense against a drunk driving charge.