Municipalities in Texas County have new procedures to follow with some DWI arrests under a new law that went into effect late last month.
The new DWI law that went into effect Aug. 28 will:
–Increase jail time for repeat DWI offenders and those with higher blood alcohol levels.
–Move more cases from municipal courts to state courts, where penalties can be tougher.
–Mandate better record-keeping for DWI cases so that repeat offenders can be properly tracked.
Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell said Monday that officers in his department will be required to send DWI cases to associate circuit court for prosecution in cases where the offender:
–Has a blood-alcohol level higher than .15.
–Is a prior offender.
–Refused to take a blood-alcohol content test.