McAllen, TX- Sometimes we treat driving under the influence a little too casually. Who doesn’t know at least a person or two who has been arrested and charged with a driving under the influence? Even though drinking and driving may be somewhat common, this charge can have an enormous impact on a person’s life as the arrest of Texas Judge over the weekend shows.
Saturday night at approximately 1:21 a.m. police in McAllen pulled over a silver Lexus whose driver was traveling 69 mph in a 55 mph zone. After pulling the female driver over, police smelled alcohol and the woman behind the wheel has blood shot eyes and slurred speech. She was asked to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests all of which she failed, according to the Valley Morning Star.
It turns out that the woman behind the wheel was Justice Nora Lydia Longoria of the 13th Court of Appeals, who tried to weasel her way out of a the arrest. At the beginning of the traffic stop, Longoria pulled out a badge to show the arresting officer she was a judge. He made note of it in his report, but that wasn’t going to stop him from doing his duty.
After other officers arrived to the scene, Longoria admitted to officers that she had five beers with friends earlier that evening and had waited for a few hours before driving, the Valley Morning Star reported.
When told she was going to be taken into custody and charged with DWI, Longoria asked officers for leniency. According to the report, Longoria became distressed and begged officers not to place her under arrest. She said “Please let me go home. I live a couple of miles away … you are going to ruin my life. I worked 25 years to get where I am,” the Valley Morning Star reported.
On top of trying to court leniency, Longoria was combative with police, refusing to allow them to put on the handcuffs. Police threatened to charge her with resisting arrest if she didn’t start cooperating.
There are lessons we can learn from Longoria’s arrest. One it take a lot less alcohol than you think to put you over the legal limit– which is .08 in most states– and it takes longer than you think for your body to metabolize alcohol. Just because you feel fine doesn’t mean you are.
Secondly, a DWI/ DUI will negatively impact your career or job, whether you are a judge or a pizza delivery person. A DUI conviction can keep a person from obtaining professional licenses especially those issued to teachers, lawyers and medical professionals.
Being arrested for a DUI is just the beginning and, fortunately you, with the guidance of a DUI attorney, may be able to avoid conviction. A solid defense can open the opportunity to seek reduced charges or negotiate for a plea bargain.
If you are facing a DWI/DUI one of our many skilled DUI attorneys will gladly meet with you and discuss the best way to challenge your charge or charges. Don’t try and tackle a DUI charge on your own.