A Houston man is facing his third DWI charge after being arrested in the Bryan-College Station area Friday afternoon.

According to a police report filed in connection with the incident, the 30-year-old man was pulled over in a routine traffic stop around 3 p.m. Supposedly, officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man's person and he was slurring his words.

We certainly hope that the man was given a blood-alcohol content test before he was arrested, but if he was, police have not said so publicly.

The man was arrested and has now been charged with felony DWI, because he has two prior convictions, one in Montgomery County, Texas, and the other in Florida.

On Friday, he was taken to Brazos County Jail and was later released after posting $20,000 bail.

We certainly hope this man takes advantage of his right to have an attorney assist him with his defense. A felony DWI is by no means a charge that ought to be taken lightly. Anyone convicted of this charge will face a steep fine and possibly jail time. On top of that, it will become more difficult to obtain car insurance, employment opportunities may be limited and a heavy social stigma sets in.

The best thing to do, of course, is to not drink and drive in the first place. Beyond that, you need to know that you have help available to you. Anyone charged with drunk driving has the right to retain an attorney if they want one, and a great many of them who decide to do that find it to be very worth it.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Man arrested for 3rd DWI after traffic stop," Jan. 19, 2013