Last weekend was not such a great one for two men from the Bryan/College Station area. Both were arrested on suspicion of DWI last Saturday.

The first man, a 22-year-old from College Station, was pulled over around 10 p.m. Saturday. The arresting officer said he stopped the man's car because he said it nearly rear-ended another vehicle and then speed away. The officer also said the driver of that car failed to stop until another officer blocked his both with his patrol vehicle. (If that's true, we should note that fleeing law enforcement officers is never a good idea. It looks suspicious, for one thing, and will only compound your troubles.) He has now been charged with DWI and evading arrest, a felony that could earn him a $10,000 fine and two years in jail with conviction.

The second man, a 44-year-old Bryan resident, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Saturday after an officer allegedly saw his vehicle "drift" from one lane into the other. He has been charged with DWI, though police have not elaborated on what led them to believe he was drunk. Because he has two prior DWI convictions, this new charge is a third-degree felony. If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to a decade in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

As you can see, in each case, the man in question has a lot at stake. The penalties associated with a DWI conviction are very severe. That is why many people find it worth their while to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend their interests in court.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "2 men charged with DWI over weekend," June 11, 2012