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DUI/DWI (Driving While Intoxicated):

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It happens every day across Texas: One minute you are driving, the next you are being asked by a police officer to stand on one leg, walk a line, and/or blow into a device.

Before you know it, you are charged with a DUI and find yourself sitting in the back of a squad car. A truly shocking turn of events!

Truth is, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most common criminal charges faced by members of our community. Dealing with a DWI in Texas is a serious matter — filled with stress, uncertainty, and confusion.

Unfortunately, it often seems like the odds are stacked against you when stopped by the police and arrested for drunk driving. In these situations, it usually feels like the police officers and prosecutors have all of the power. It is easy to feel helpless and resigned to living with the serious consequences.

Never forget you have options:

No matter what the circumstances, help is available to assist you in fighting the charges or minimizing the impact of consequences in your life related to a DWI conviction.

Be aware: Local Texas law enforcement takes DUI and DWI very seriously. Not only are officials eager in their attempts to catch drunk drivers, but the justice system provides harsh penalties to those convicted.

While we all understand the importance of keeping our roads safe, it is critical that the rights of drivers not be violated during a DWI stop.

Generally, there are three types of drunk-driving related charges:

Driving While under the Influence of Alcohol (DWI)

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI); and

Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)

A DWI Arrest Could Land You in Jail:

Jail time could last anywhere from 10-180 days depending on the severity and circumstances of the crime. While other DWI attorneys have been able to reduce a possible felony to misdemeanor, many don't worry about a lengthy jail sentence. My office will fight your criminal charge and your punishment.

What about lesser charges? If the DUI conviction does not warrant a jail sentence, you may have your license suspended, or sentenced to a remedial program. Programs like this have cost individuals their jobs, making it difficult to provide for themselves and their families.

A license suspension could also be included with a remedial program penalty, which doubles on the difficulty in getting to work to make enough money to survive. Your license could be suspended anywhere from 6 months to more than 5 years depending on your conviction.

For individuals under the age of 21, the penalties could increase if you have broken additional laws, or if you have a CDL. I will assist in defending you against these “Aggravating Circumstances.”

Do you know what an ignition interlock device is? Many criminal defense attorneys are not aware of what this consequence will do to their clients. The ignition interlock device will require convicted individuals to blow into an installed breathalyzer before the ignition in the vehicle will start. I will fight to prevent any interruptions to your everyday life, or at the least reduce the impact these charges will have on you.

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