Texas Court allows breath mints as evidence in DUI case

The Texas Court of Appeals ruled on April 18 that breath mints can be used as evidence that a driver is intoxicated. A panel of three judges made the decision in the case of Robert Richardson, a limousine driver who was stopped in Lewisville, Texas on August 25, 2010, while driving his passengers from the airport.

Richardson was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Fulford on suspicion of DUI when the limousine he was driving suddenly changed lanes without signaling and almost hit a motorcycle. Trooper Fulford noticed an overpowering scent of breath mints when he got back from his squad car to give Richardson a warning citation.

According to Fulford, Richardson confessed to taking breath mints and Fulford believes it was so he could cover the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was arrested for DUI and later convicted.

If you or someone you know has been charged with an alcohol-related crime in Texas, speak with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 about your defense options. We can work to help you possibly get a favorable decision in your case.

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