DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED | DWI

Driving While Intoxicated, or DWI, charges are among the most common in Texas.  You can get a DWI for being intoxicated on almost anything, which means a blood-alcohol level over .08, or the loss or your normal physical or mental faculties.  If you are charged with DWI over .08, you are facing a Class B Misdemeanor.  If you are charged with a DWI over .15, you are facing a Class A Misdemeanor.  In either case, you face the loss of your license, fees, expenses, surcharges, classes, probation, and jail time.  Your third DWI is going to be charged as a felony.  Thanks to public pressure from organizations like MADD, there is no deferred adjudication for a DWI, and there is mandatory jail time for all DWI convictions.  Don’t forget about the high fees you are going to have to pay for your Interlock steering wheel breathalyzer, your in-home breathalyzer, your probation fees, or your court costs, and your donations to MADD and Crime Stoppers.  The good news is that the Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, and Texas statutes mandate that the cops follow very specific procedures when conducting their DWI investigations.  Other good news lies in the fact that clients frequently look great on video, cops don’t have probable cause to stop and/or investigate you for DWI, and that blood-alcohol levels sometimes don’t add up when compared to your field sobriety test performance. You need an aggressive DWI trial lawyer to investigate your case, defend you, and take your case to trial if you aren’t interested in the State’s offer.  Contact me for a free consultation.

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PUBLIC INTOXICATION

Public intoxication isn’t a serious crime, but it can have serious consequences when it comes to looking for a job.  A person is publically intoxicated when he appears intoxicated in a public place to a degree that he may be a danger to himself or others. Client are always upset that the cops didn’t perform a field sobriety test, and while I agree that police should perform a test, they are not required to.  The good news is that members of our community expect that it should be done. Public intoxication cases are beatable and shouldn’t be pled out just because they carry no jail time.  I frequently see public intoxication charges as the reason for resisting arrest charges.

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