Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will be working with law enforcement agencies
across Galveston County in sponsoring a No-Refusal Labor Day Weekend,
covering Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th.
In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams
per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired.
Under the No Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood alcohol testing. Blood
samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI cases.
A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more: fees include car towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing and fees to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs, fees for extended proof of
insurance, plus insurance rate hikes.
Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and authorize the blood search warrants. Prosecutors and nurses will also work through the night to assist police officers with these investigations.