The Court Process

What to expect at your first court dateIf you’re ever arrested for DWI in Texas, there are two different things you need to worry about during the court process. First and foremost, there will be criminal charges filed against you that could potentially influence you for the rest of your life. If you don’t bring the right criminal defense team on board to represent you, you could face jail time, a steep financial penalty, and the suspension of your driver’s license.

While all of that’s going on, the Texas Department of Public Safety will usually pursue administratively suspending your driving privileges if they find you refused to submit to a breathalyzer test or blood test during your DWI arrest. These tests are done to see if your blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of 0.08. The Law Offices of Jim Medley can provide you with a Houston attorney to help with both scenarios.

DWI Charge

At the very least, the DWI criminal charge filed against you will be a class B misdemeanor. As a result, a criminal court can put bond restrictions on you and limit what you can do. It’ll almost feel like you’ve been convicted of a crime and given probation when the court process begins. Even if you have the best Houston attorney on your side as part of your criminal defense team, your bond conditions could make life very inconvenient for you. However, at The Law Offices of Jim Medley, we like to remind all our clients they are legally innocent in their DWI case until evidence is presented in their case to prove they’re guilty of a crime.

Throughout your court process, you are usually required to appear in court about once every month for several consecutive months. When you appear in court, there is a chance you’ll be required to follow a strict set of rules known as Conditions of Bond. One of the most important rules to remember is you will not be allowed to consume alcohol while you have a criminal case pending against you. If you do drink alcohol, it could potentially result in the revocation of your bond and your immediate arrest, which is why it’s important for you to stay away from drinking alcohol. A Houston attorney from The Law Offices of Jim Medley may be able to provide you with assistance if you let them know you have trouble abstaining from alcohol on your own.

DPS Administrative Suspension 

If you were arrested for DWI and refused to take a breathalyzer test, submit a blood specimen to police, or took a breathalyzer test or blood test and were found to have a blood alcohol level over 0.08, the Texas Department of Public Safety often attempts to suspend your driver’s license even before the court process has run its course. Your license will automatically be suspended if you fail to contact the Texas DPS within 15 days of your arrest to let them know you plan to fight the suspension with help from a Houston attorney. Your DWI lawyer will need to request a hearing related to the matter to help you avoid having your license suspended. At that point, the Texas DPS won’t be allowed to legally suspend your license until you’ve had a license hearing. Your lawyer will have the opportunity to make an appearance at the hearing to argue against your license being suspended, but you do not have to appear at the hearing if you choose not to attend.

Facing a DWI charge in Texas often includes a court process that can be overwhelming to many people. Call The Law Offices of Jim Medley at 713-668-2394 today to hire us to serve as your criminal defense lawyer.

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