YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE
Of course you do. So, do I. To me, a successful DWI defense means that at the end of your case, the DWI is GONE. Permanently erased from your record. Like it never happened. If you take a plea bargain for probation, the DWI stays on your record forever. To me, that’s not acceptable, and that’s not getting the job done.
If you think pleading guilty is your only option—think again! You may not realize it, but many DWI cases are winnable. I’ve found that juries are often sympathetic to your situation when you are charged with a misdemeanor DWI, particularly if it’s your first offense.
YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE COMPLETELY
Success to me means that there is no record of your arrest whatsoever. There is no record of your trial, and ALL copies of your fingerprints and mug shots have been destroyed or returned to you. What copies and records, you ask? The DA’s records, the county clerk’s records, the Texas DPS records, the FBI records, the CIA records, and the records of US Homeland Security.
You probably had no idea that you were that popular with law enforcement, but you are – ever since you were arrested for DWI. Copies of your file, including all of your fingerprints and mug shots, have been forwarded to all of those wonderful organizations, so that they can protect the rest of us from “people like you.” Hopefully, no moron will ever pick your photo out of a line up and accuse you of some horrible crime that you didn’t commit, but you never know – stranger things have happened. There are some very practical reasons why you will want those records gone – completely!
YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE FAST
You don’t want your case pending for two or three years. A pending DWI can keep you from getting a better job, or a promotion at work. It messes with you emotionally. We try to get DWI cases disposed of within 365 calendar days, if it is at all possible. Some lawyers actually recommend delaying your case for as long as possible as a primary trial strategy, hoping that the arresting officer may transfer or retire. That’s fine if it works (and occasionally it does), but usually it only prolongs the agony.
If there is a sound strategic reason to delay your case, for instance if the arresting officer is nearing retirement age, then by all means it may make sense to do so. But to use delay as a primary defensive strategy in every single case is to me fairly ridiculous. On the contrary, we try to push our cases to trial. We have found that by continuously pressing the case forward, a significant number of my cases are dismissed either from the prosecution being unable present their witnesses in court on the trial dates, or sometimes by a speedy trial motion being granted by the judge.
I have beaten Dallas DWI cases in as little as four months from the date of arrest. Justice delayed is justice denied. If you have a winner of a case, let’s not beat around the bush. Let’s win it! You don’t want a DWI case beating you down for three or four years. And if for some reason we can’t beat your case, then let’s get it over with as soon as possible! The last thing we want to do is to prolong your misery! Who wants that?
YOU WANT YOUR DWI GONE AT A REASONABLE PRICE
There are lawyers in the Dallas area that charge $15,000 and more to defend a misdemeanor DWI. A law license is a valuable thing, and a lawyer who can beat a DWI case is a valuable person. But $15,000 or more to try a misdemeanor DWI is highway robbery, especially if the lawyer has less experience in defending DWIs and gets worse results than we do.
We don’t get paid to submit a quick guilty plea and be our way—we take cases to trial and fight! Most of my misdemeanor DWI trials are $10,000 or less, and none of them are over $15,000 (unless somebody wants to pay for some unusual extras). My father was a factory worker for John Deere in a small town in Iowa. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, and I still appreciate the value of a hard-earned buck. You won’t get ripped off here!