In Texas, driving while under the influence (DWI) is a criminal offense that occurs when a person operates a motor vehicle in a public place while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both to the point that their normal faculties are impaired, or when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.

It is important to note that Texas has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21, meaning that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. This is known as a DUI (driving under the influence) and can result in serious consequences, including license suspension, fines, and even jail time.

If a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and suspected of driving while under the influence, they may be asked to perform field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test to determine their level of impairment. Refusing to take a breathalyzer test in Texas can result in an automatic license suspension.

The penalties for a DWI conviction in Texas can vary depending on the circumstances, such as the driver’s BAC level, whether there was an accident or injury involved, and any prior DWI convictions. Penalties can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs, community service, and even jail time. Repeat offenders can face even harsher penalties, including felony charges and extended periods of incarceration.