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Texas county commissioner strikes plea deal in DWI case

If you drive north of Edinburg, you will come to one of the most populous areas in the state of Texas: Bexar County. That is where a county commissioner was arrested for drunken driving last summer.

A recent news article said Commissioner Kevin Wolff had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.20 percent two hours after his DWI arrest. The Texas Department of Public Safety lab result was released as part of an open records release.

A second test of Wolff's blood determined that three prescription drugs were also present in his system at the time of the arrest. Among the medications was the sleep aid Zolpidem, commonly known as Ambien.

Wolff told a San Antonio TV station that the test results back up his own claims about his arrest on July 31: he mixed alcohol with prescription drugs before getting in his car to go and get fast food near his home.

A police car dashcam video released recently had shown Wolff fail a field sobriety test before his arrest.

The county commissioner and his attorney negotiated a plea agreement with prosecutors that will allow Wolff to serve a year of probation and have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle for six months. The news article we read noted that it is possible that in some other states, Wolff would have received jail time for the BAC recorded after his arrest.

Of course, that assertion ignores the value of a skilled, effective attorney experienced in DWI defense. You can contact The Sanchez Law Firm in Edinburg for more information.

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