Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) & Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

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You Need an Expert DWI Attorney for Your Case

If you are facing charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI), seeking guidance from an experienced attorney is essential. DWI cases can be complex and challenging, and an expert attorney can help you understand your rights and legal options. They can investigate your case and determine the best strategies to challenge the charges, protect your legal rights, and achieve the best possible outcome in your case. With their expertise, they can identify flaws in the prosecution’s case, negotiate plea deals, or challenge evidence presented in court. Working with an attorney can increase your chances of achieving a favorable outcome in your case.

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It’s important to note that DWI offenses in Texas can result in strict penalties, including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. A DWI conviction can also have long-lasting consequences on your personal and professional life, including difficulty finding employment, obtaining loans, or even renting a home.

Therefore, taking steps to protect your legal rights and minimize the impact of a DWI charge is crucial. By working with an experienced attorney and following their guidance, you can potentially reduce the charges or penalties against you and protect your future.

If you’re facing DWI charges in Texas, don’t wait to seek legal help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with an expert DWI attorney who can explain your options and defend your rights.

DWI Law in Texas:

What You Need to Know

In Texas, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 for drivers and 0.04 for commercial drivers. Penalties for DWI in Texas can include fines, license suspension, and jail time, depending on factors such as your BAC, prior convictions, and if anyone was hurt or property was damaged. If you’re suspected of DWI, Texas law assumes you gave consent to a chemical test. Refusing the test can result in an automatic license suspension. If you’re under 21, it’s illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system. It is also unlawful to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle in Texas, even if you’re sober.

Challenging the Results of a Breathalyzer Test in Texas

Breathalyzers are commonly used to determine a driver’s BAC, but these tests are not always accurate. A skilled DWI attorney can investigate your case and determine the best strategies to challenge the breathalyzer test results. If you’ve been charged with a DWI in Texas, you must contact an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Blood Tests BAC (Blood Alcohol Content)

A gloved hand holds a small vial of blood used for expert dwi BAC testing.

When law enforcement suspects a person of driving under the influence (DUI), they may use a blood test to determine their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Blood tests are considered accurate and reliable, as they measure the actual amount of alcohol present in the blood. If you’re facing DUI charges, consult with us. We can advise on your legal options and defend your rights.

Penalties for Driving While Intoxicated in Texas

Getting caught driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas can result in severe penalties that can impact your life. Penalties for a first offense can include fines of up to $2,000, jail time of 3 to 180 days, license suspension for up to 2 years, an annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for three years to retain a driver’s license, completion of a DWI education program, and more. Remember that a DWI conviction can lead to other consequences, including community service, probation, and a permanent criminal record.

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What to Do if Stopped for Suspicion of DWI

If you find yourself stopped for suspicion of DWI in Texas, taking the proper steps to protect your legal rights and obtain the best possible outcome for your case is crucial. Here are some key actions to take:

  • Be courteous and cooperative with law enforcement, but avoid answering questions that might incriminate you or agreeing to perform field sobriety tests.
  • Contact an experienced DWI attorney promptly to seek guidance on your legal rights and navigate the legal process.
  • Refrain from making any statements to the police that could be used against you in court.
  • Request an independent blood alcohol test if you are arrested for DWI to ensure that the results are accurate and can be used to challenge the state-administered test.
  • Attend all hearings related to your DWI case.


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Minors Driving While Under the Influence (DUI)

In Texas, minors operating a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can lead to a DUI, or driving under the influence, charged with severe consequences. Penalties for a first-time DUI offense can include up to $500 in fines, a 60-day license suspension, and up to 40 hours of community service. For a second offense, penalties can increase to $2,000, a 120-day license suspension, and up to 60 hours of community service. A DUI conviction can have long-term effects, including difficulty finding employment or housing and higher car insurance rates. Seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney specializing in DWI cases is essential for minors facing DUI charges in Texas.

Facing charges

  • DWI: Fines, license suspension, and possible jail time.
  • Drug offenses: Depending on the type and amount of drug involved, consequences can range from fines to lengthy prison sentences.
  • Assault: Can result in fines, probation, and up to a year in jail for a Class C misdemeanor, and up to 99 years for a first-degree felony.
  • Theft: The severity of the offense determines the potential penalties, but fines and jail time are common.
  • Traffic violations: Can result in fines, points on your license, and increased insurance rates.
  • Domestic violence: Can result in fines, probation, and jail time, as well as a protective order against the accused.

If you’ve been accused of any of these crimes or are facing other legal matters, it’s important to seek skilled representation to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences. Contact Richard Hinds today for help with your legal matter.

Deferred Adjudication

Richard Hinds, a highly experienced criminal defense attorney, can help clients achieve positive outcomes in their criminal cases, including deferred adjudication. This legal concept allows defendants to avoid a formal judgment of guilt and potentially avoid long-term consequences, such as difficulty finding employment or housing. However, deferred adjudication is not available for all crimes or in all jurisdictions. I can advise clients on whether deferred adjudication is a viable option in their particular case and help them navigate the process.

Why You Need an

Expert DWI Attorney

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a severe offense in Texas, and its overall cost can be substantial. Several factors contribute to the costs, such as legal fees, fines, court costs, bail and bond fees, license reinstatement fees, and alcohol education and treatment programs. Furthermore, a DWI conviction can have long-term consequences, including increased insurance rates, difficulty finding employment, and damage to your reputation. To minimize the financial impact of a DWI conviction, hiring an expert DWI attorney who can help you navigate the legal process is crucial.

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