Dram Shop Liability
If you were arrested for a DWI in Texas after leaving an establishment that served you alcohol, there is a possibility that dram shop liability may play a role in your case. The term “dram shop” refers to the fact that spirits were traditionally served by the dram, a small measurement of liquid. This law holds restaurants, bars, and other liquor vendors responsible for serving alcohol to minors or those who are visibly intoxicated.
If you have been charged with an offense related to drinking and driving, you may wish to speak with experienced San Antonio DWI defense attorney Chris S. Barnett regarding your rights. Call 210-587-6464 to inquire about dram shop liability issues or any other part of your case.
Determining Dram Shop Liability
When looking at dram shop liability, the two main reasons to hold an establishment that serves alcohol liable for a DWI accident are:
- They served alcohol to a minor
- They served alcohol to someone who was obviously intoxicated
In Texas, minors can even sue an establishment that served them alcohol for their own injuries under dram shop liability. However, the dram shop is typically only held responsible for a portion of the damages resulting from a DWI accident. They can be held fully responsible solely if the court determines that their fault in the accident is greater than that of the driver.
Facing DWI or other alcohol-related charges can be stressful and cost you in many personal ways. If you are facing such charges, be sure you have a knowledgeable and dedicated professional serving as your legal representative. Contact the San Antonio DWI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Chris S. Barnett by calling 210-587-6464 today.