This is actually old news, but I've started seeing some of these lately so it's relevant. Â Back in September the legislature passed a new law affecting DWI's, for enhancement purposes. Â As things were, all regular DWI first offenses were class B misdemeanors, which carried a maximum punishment of 180 days in jail and up to a $2000 fine. Â In their wisdom, the legislature decided that if a DWI breath test is done (or blood) and the result is .15 or over, the charge will now be a class A misdemeanor, which doubles the max penalties from a class B. Â So your new exposure is a year in jail and $4000 fine. Â
I was scrolling through Craigslist Austin this morning and came across an ad for $20 portable breathalyzers. The ad stated ""Get yours and avoid a DUI." Is this the magic bullet that will finally allow you to party within the legal limits and drive safely home without getting arrested?The short answer is NO, and so is the long answer. Let's take a closer look.