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Houston-Area Woman Convicted of DUI


A Fort Bend woman was convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) on June 21 after a 2011 incident in which she drove across several lanes of traffic and nearly hit a police officer. The jury came to its verdict against the 24-year-old Yesenia Hernandez after Police Lt. Aaron Slater and officer Michael Walden testified about the accident.

Slater stated that Hernandez, after swerving across traffic and narrowly missing his car,  hit a curb and then failed to pull over for several blocks after Slater turned on his flashing lights. Both officers noted her “confused and disoriented nature” and said she failed to complete a sobriety test. Hernandez later admitted to having consumed “five regular size beers, maybe more.”

Hernandez’s sentence sits at one year of probation and a $750 fine, as well as 60 hours of community service. Hernandez will also be required to take a DWI education class and to attend a Victim Impact Panel to hear stories from victims of intoxication crimes.

Being convicted of DUI comes with serious penalties, including minimum jail time, fines and penalties, and license suspension from 90 to 365 days for the first offense and up to two years for the second and third offenses. In addition, Texas’s “implied consent” law requires anyone arrested for DUI to take a chemical test–if they refuse, an automatic license suspension for at least 90 days can be enacted, according to the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.

In some instances, Texas police departments are able to mandate what are referred to as “no-refusal weekends.” Typically occurring around holidays where it is expected that many people will drink heavily and drive, these no-refusal periods allow officers to legally take blood from those who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer. No-refusal periods are commonly put into effect around days like the Super Bowl or Memorial Day, for example.

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, it is important to contact a legal professional. An attorney who specializes in DUI cases can help lessen the penalties and protect your rights during the legal process.