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Category: Drunk Driving

Aug 16
2018

You’re Arrested for DWI in Tarrant County – What Happens Next?

Drunk Driving | DWI

So, you’ve been pulled over and arrested for driving while intoxicated. Whether you made an honest mistake or know that you were still capable of being behind the wheel, you want to fight your charges.

After all, the penalties for DWI in Texas could cost you thousands and prevent you from driving for an inconveniently long time.

Texas has specific laws and deadlines attached to the process of fighting a DWI charge. Make sure you are meeting these deadlines and taking the next steps with a criminal defense lawyer to give yourself the best chance at getting a reduced sentence – and possibly even have your charges dropped entirely. Remember – a charge is not a conviction. You have [...]

May 8
2018

Texas DWI Charge? How Much It Could Cost You

Drunk Driving | DWI

Getting a DWI doesn’t cost the same for everyone – but in Texas they’re always expensive. We’ll break down the potential costs for you in this post and tell you what the law says.

Don’t Believe the Cost Hype… Or Maybe You Should

Awhile back there was a TxDOT billboard near Austin proclaiming that a DWI in Texas costs $17,000. The link on the billboard told the story of a woman who was arrested for DWI. She lost her drivers’ license, spent half a day in jail, was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and was subject to two years of probation. She also had to take alcohol education classes as part of her sentencing.

In the video, [...]

Mar 29
2018

A Texas DWI Charge Is Not a Conviction

Drunk Driving | DWI

If you have been charged with a DWI in Texas, don’t think that a conviction is certain. There are all kinds of ways that you may be able to beat your charges.

Which is a good thing, because the consequences here can be quite severe. You can lose your license for a set period of time, face higher insurance costs, and possibly even serve jail time.

An experienced DWI lawyer will be able to help you put together the strongest possible defense for your specific situation. In this post, we’ll detail several potential defenses that might work in your case.

The Police Had No Probable Cause for Arrest

To pull you over, police must have probable cause that you were [...]

Jan 5
2018

DWI: When Is Driving Intoxicated a Felony in Texas?

Drunk Driving | DWI

A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction is life-changing no matter how it is charged, as you will face long probationary periods, suspension of your driver’s license, and the long-term consequences of having a criminal record.

However, when a DWI is charged as a felony-level offense, these consequences are much more grievous. Felony-level DWI offenses are sentenced far more severely. Moreover, as a convicted felon, your freedom will be compromised.

So, when is a DWI offense charged as a felony, and what are the criminal penalties?

Felony-Level DWI Offenses and Penalties in Texas

A DWI is generally only charged as a felony if it is a third or greater offense. However, there are certain circumstances under which you will be charged [...]

Nov 8
2017

Ft. Worth DWI Program’s Death Makes Fighting Back Even More Important

Drunk Driving | DWI | FAIP

Drinking and driving is a problem in our country and here in Texas, but that problem might now be getting bigger due to funding being cut from a program aimed at helping repeat DWI offenders get sober.

Last week, we discussed some of the diversion programs offered by Tarrant County to rehabilitate offenders and help them avoid the standard criminal justice process. Well, one of those programs – the Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) – has lost its $140,000 state grant.

Using risk-assessment data, the governor’s office “believes the data reveals that most DWI offenders are at low risk of being arrested again, and such programs are for high-risk offenders.” In fact, they determined that 80 percent of FAIP’s [...]

Aug 25
2017

Texas Drunk Driving Penalties 13th Strictest in the Nation

Drunk Driving | DWI

As a Texas resident, you should be aware that the Lone Star State has some of the harshest drunk driving penalties in the nation, ranking 13th overall.

This information comes from a new report by WalletHub, which finds that, while Texas ranks behind other conservative states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kansas, our drunk driving penalties are still quite severe.

This means that you should exercise an abundance of caution when drinking, and make arrangements beforehand when you’re headed out for a night of carousing with friends.

However, sometimes things happen despite your best efforts. A DWI conviction can be life-changing, with severe penalties, long probationary periods and a criminal record that can affect employment and housing applications. If [...]

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