When Should I Take a DWI Plea Bargain?

If you have recently been arrested for drunk driving in Texas, it is imperative that you retain the help of a Houston DWI attorney from Jim Medley & Associates, P.C. before attempting to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution. While this may ultimately be the most practical course of action, you should not hesitate to explore all other options before entering a plea of “guilty.” That being said, it is highly recommended that you invoke your right to remain silent and your right to obtain legal counsel before making any sort of statement to a law enforcement officer. In doing so, you can ensure that you will have the best possible chance of either invalidating the prosecution’s case or proving your innocence during a criminal trial, if this is at all possible.

Under the law, you could be sentenced to six months in county jail, asked to pay a fine of $2,000 and forced to forfeit your driving privileges for up to one year if you are convicted of a first-time DWI. It is for this reason that most people are quick to the jump the gun when offered the chance to reduce their charges. As stated earlier, taking a plea bargain may be a practical route; however, it is important for you to ensure that this is the right decision before you accept. For example, your attorney may be able to have all charges dropped if they can prove that the arresting officer had conducted an unlawful DWI stop. Similarly, they may be able to invalidate the BAC evidence that is being used against you before the case goes to trial, effectively undermining the prosecution’s case.

If you were to take a plea bargain before discussing your case with a lawyer, you would be accepting the legal penalties that come along with it unnecessarily. Even though they might not be as severe as the penalties that are associated with a traditional DWI conviction, you should not rule out the possibility that you could actually win your case and avoid sentencing altogether. For this reason, the legal team at Jim Medley & Associates, P.C. encourages you to find out if our Houston DWI defense lawyers can help you. Not only do they offer more than two decades of experience, but they will even review your case for free. All you have to do is fill out a complimentary case evaluation form online or give us a call at (713) 668-4589 to get started.

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Jim Medley

For more than 20 years, attorney Jim Medley has perfected his craft in the field of criminal justice. He garnered extensive knowledge during his 12 years as a police officer in Texas, and applied that knowledge during his time as a professor of criminal law and criminal justice. Mr. Medley brings a unique skill set to the table, and as a result, he would be an invaluable asset in the courtroom should you need DWI or criminal defense in Houston.

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