An Obstruction of Highway charge is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas that is usually offered by the prosecution in plea bargains for first time offenders, giving those charged with DWI First an alternative option to plead guilty to a lesser offense. Sometimes the State will reduce DWI charges to obstruction of highway charges, if they feel they have a weak case.
When a person pleads guilty to obstruction of highway, they have a few advantages:
• Eligibility for deferred adjudication and possible dismissal of DWI charges;
• Eligibility to apply for Motion for Non-Disclosure;
• Maximum punishment of up to 6 months in the county jail;
• Maximum fine of $1,000, as opposed to the $1,000 annual surcharge on your driver’s license if found guilty of DWI.
Should you decide to plead guilty to obstruction of highway charges to reduce the fines and penalty fees of a DWI conviction, here are some factors that will be considered:
• Defendant’s DWI criminal history;
• Details and evidence of driving while intoxicated;
• Whether or not there was an accident or injury involved at the time;
• How well the driver performed on video recorded field sobriety exercises;
• Chemical test results, if any were given or taken;
• Willingness of the prosecutor to try a DWI case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a DWI or DUI within Bexar County, Texas and the surrounding counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson and you need the help of an drunk driving defense lawyer, call the Law Office of Rachel Ambler today at 210-307-6855 or email Rachel@RachelAmbler.com to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a tough, San Antonio, Texas DWI defense trial attorney.