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How does your Texas city fare in drunk driving arrests?

Research into intoxicated drivers and resulting awareness campaigns are credited with helping reduce the number of related arrests over a 30-year period. However, people are still just that -- people. Texas residents are not immune from making mistakes, and when they are arrested for drunk driving offenses they have a right to thorough and vigorous representation. 

Around 1.58 percent of all drivers have had a DUI offense in the past seven years. However, some states and cities have higher rates for DUIs. This is in part due to the presence of larger, more populous cities, in which the arrest rate for drunk driving might be expected to be higher than average. 

Texas has four of the 15 most populous cities in the United States. Although some have lower than average DUI rates, such as Houston, where only .89 percent of drivers have had a DUI in the last seven years, others have higher rates. Nearly 2 percent of Austin drivers have had a recent DUI, and Dallas has a rate that is about 3 percent higher than the national average. 

Although Texas cities fared better than most of the other cities on the list, local police still tend to treat any suspicion of drunk driving aggressively. Drivers suspected of being intoxicated behind the wheel might be subjected to field sobriety tests and blood-alcohol content tests, which are often used in pursuing criminal charges. Understanding how these types of evidence can influence the outcome of criminal court proceedings can help defendants determine how best to proceed for their unique situations. As such, most choose to thoroughly examine their charges and evidence as early on in the process as possible. 

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