CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED IN HOUSTON?
DWI charges covers being behind the wheel of a car with a BAC, (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of .08 or higher, or having one’s faculties and reactions impaired by drugs or alcohol. The Texas courts and prosecutors treat this as a serious crime. The methods and equipment used by law enforcement to determine if a driver is or is not impaired are not infallible, which allows for a number of avenues of effective defense. Anyone who has been charged with DWI should work closely with a Houston criminal defense lawyer who has a reputation as an insightful and successful defender of individual rights.
TYPES OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED OFFENSES
Conviction on a DWI charge can remain on your criminal record for life. This could have serious consequences in your professional life and affect your reputation and standing in the community. Serious DWI charges will lead to a long jail or prison term. The other costs you will face include difficulties in getting and costs related to insurance. It is vital to defend against a DWI charge from the moment you are arrested. Keeping a conviction off your record can make a tremendous difference to your future. There may be any number of defense strategies, which could be used effectively in your case. The lawyers at our firm handle all types of defense for those charged with a drunk driving offense including:
PENALTIES OF DWI & DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE
A .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the legal limit for intoxication while driving in Texas. If your driving is impaired, you can still be stopped and arrested for a DWI, even if your BAC is below .08. Successive DWI offenses carry increasingly more severe penalties. The penalties for a first offense conviction include up to $2000 in fines, up to 6 months jail time, a suspended driver’s license for up to one year and community service. Additionally, a drunken driving conviction is a criminal conviction, which will give you a criminal record and negatively impact your life and your future. Generally, most people convicted of a DWI are placed on probation in lieu of jail.
Probation generally lasts 1 to 2 years with conditions such as drug/alcohol evaluation and completion of an approved DWI education class. If your case has unusual circumstances, such as an auto accident, alcohol problem, or prior bad driving record, additional conditions may be ordered. Such conditions may include an ignition interlock device, an alcohol treatment program, restitution, and more. Driver’s license suspension may be the result of many offenses or situations, including a DWI, excessive moving violations, drug offenses, and more. It is best to speak to a lawyer at our firm about the particulars of your case.
ENLIST THE HELP OF A SKILLED HOUSTON DWI DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI or driving with a suspended license in Houston, anywhere in Harris County or the surrounding counties of Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria, or Fort Bend, you need to seek professional legal assistance. We recommend you consult with a criminal defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible. We have effectively defended hundreds of individuals facing these charges in the greater Houston area and can provide an aggressive and thorough defense. Our attorneys are extremely well-versed in DWI laws and defense strategies and with the court systems handling these offenses.
Our defense lawyer Jim Medley has over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system. He spent years being trained by the state in DWI investigations. As a defense attorney, he is certified in field sobriety testing, and knows how to successfully question these tests and their results. He is also a certified breath testing operator and owns his own breath test machine. Mr. Medley is a member of the National College for DWI Defense, and attends regular training on defending DWI cases. Many clients have defeated license suspension, had their DWI dismissed, found not guilty, or had their DWI reduced to a lesser charge with the skillful representation available at our firm. Contact Jim Medley & Associates, P.C. to begin the defense process!