Recently, the arrest of a Texas Tech golfer for driving while intoxicated caught statewide media attention after he was suspended from the team.
The golfer, 20, was booked into a Hockley County Jail on a Class A misdemeanor charge of DWI with a blood alcohol concentration equal to or greater than 0.15, according to LubbockOnline.com. The incident took place in early November.
Officials said that the golfer was driving between Wolfforth and Ropesville, at around 4 a.m., allegedly on the wrong side of the road. He was taken into police custody following a field sobriety test. After his release from jail, he was suspended indefinitely from the team.
The university released a statement saying it was continuing to investigate the incident. The sophomore was a big part of the team, posting two top-10 finishes in tournaments during the previous season.
What to Do Following a Drunk Driving Arrest
If you have been arrested on drunk driving charges, make sure you speak to a criminal attorney before making any statements to authorities, which can be used against you later in court. Remember, a DWI arrest, even with a field sobriety test, does not prove guilt.
There are instances where you can fight DWI charges by challenging the reliability of the equipment used that measures blood alcohol concentration. Additionally, by working with a criminal lawyer, you may be able to plead to a lesser charge, protecting your driving privileges.
Recently, new Texas laws took effect requiring those convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. A drunk driving conviction can also harm your employment opportunities, increase your insurance rates, and result in other costs later on in life.
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