When in doubt, always seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Most attorneys welcome the chance to discuss your situation free of charge. Make sure you begin by asking if there is a consultation fee. Many attorneys will discuss your case briefly over the phone to save you some time.
If you’re looking for the best DWI attorney you can find, choose one the focuses their practice on DWI defense and has a long track record of successfully defending DWI cases. For more on this topic, read our article, “How to Hire a Lawyer”.
Always contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest. Memories begin to fade quite quickly after a while. Witnesses relocate and physical evidence can change. You may also have a limited time to take certain legal actions, such as requesting an ALR hearing after a DWI arrest.
Absolutely! Your lawyer is the only person with the knowledge and the motivation to get you through the legal system with the minimum amount of consequences. The prosecutor, the court clerks, and even the judge have their interests in mind, not yours. Quite often this means they will recommend what will save them the most time, not what will obtain the best result for you.
Far from it! Breath and blood alcohol tests are not infallible!. If you have other evidence showing that you appeared to be sober, such as a video recording of the traffic stop, a jury may be persuaded that the results of the alcohol test aren’t accurate.
Your punishment depends on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony DWI, whether this is your first offense or you are a repeat offender, your level of intoxication, and other factors. You may receive fines, probation, prison time, mandatory installation of an interlock device on your vehicle, or suspension of your driver’s license if you are convicted of DWI.
In some cases, a DWI conviction can cost you your job or prevent you from obtaining new employment. Some landlords don’t want to rent to someone with a DWI, and a DWI charge can be used against you in divorce or child custody proceedings. You can expect your auto insurance rates to go up after a DWI conviction. Finally, getting one DWI conviction means that if you are arrested for DWI a second time, the potential penalties can be much more severe.
Damn good! That means we’ve done our job well and have a satisfied client. It’s the prosecution’s job to convict the guilty. Our job is to keep them from doing it.
We’ve defended well over 1,800 DWI cases in the Dallas area since 1987.
9 times. We won 7 of those trials. (Nobody’s perfect.)
On several first offenses we have gotten our clients a $0 fine and 0 days in jail, which of course is the absolute minimum allowed by law. You can’t get less than zero!