Texas police charged two bartenders for a crash in which they were not physically involved. According to authorities, the bartenders over-served a patron who went on to cause a drunk driving accident in which one person was killed. Both could face up to a year behind bars and a $500 fine.
In June 2018, a 50-year-old woman allegedly drank heavily at a Texas bar. Surveillance video from that night supposedly shows the woman stumbling and spilling her drinks, and she may have even needed help from fellow patrons in order to stand. Police say that the video also shows the two bartenders -- aged 34 and 56 -- serving her despite her intoxicated state. She then got behind the wheel of her car and struck two people on bicycles. One suffered a broken arm, and the other died.
The driver was arrested and charged for the incident, but she was not the only one. The bartenders are accused of selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person, a law meant to curb the common occurrence of drunk driving in the state of Texas. However, there has been significant opposition from the public on this matter, with many claiming it removes the blame from those who actually get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Most people do not expect to face charges related to drunk driving when they were nowhere near a vehicle, but it is a distinct possibility for some people. On top of the potential criminal consequences, these types of charges can affect the ability of some defendants to maintain their current jobs and can even severely limit employment opportunities in the future. Taking matters seriously and beginning an early, thorough defense plan is usually a good idea for defendants in Texas.