If you have been charged with DWI, you are probably trying to make sense of the complicated procedures used to process the alleged violation and attempting to fully comprehend the consequences you may be facing including fines, jail time, probation and license suspension/revocation.
As a quick primer, first-time DWI offenders (Class B Misdemeanor) can face anywhere from 72 hours to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000 and a license suspension of anywhere from 90 days to 1 year. Second-time DWI offenders (Class A Misdemeanor) can face anywhere from 30 days up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 and a license suspension of anywhere from 180 days to 2 years. Third-time DWI offenders (Third Degree Felony) can face anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and a license suspension of anywhere from 180 days to 2 years.
Offenders may also face:
- Community service
- A drug and alcohol evaluation
- The purchase and use of a deep lung air device, which checks alcohol level prior to vehicle use
- Completion of a DWI education class and victim impact panel
- Alcohol treatment
- License suspension/revocation
- Abstinence from alcohol during probation
- Restitution for damages occurring as a result of the DWI
Since the consequences of a drunk driving offense are so potentially severe, our first goal will always be to try and secure a dismissal of the charges. Accordingly, we will examine the police procedure surrounding your arrest, as well as all other facts of the case in an attempt to uncover any errors or other exculpatory evidence. The State must always demonstrate that there was probable cause to pull you over and that you were intoxicated via a blood or breath test or that you did not have the normal use of your mental or physical faculties while you were operating a motor vehicle in a public place.
Rest assured The Law Office of Troy P. Burleson, P.C. will provide you with effective DWI/DUI defense throughout the entire legal process including negotiations with the State. Please see our Texas DWI laws , DWI FAQ's and DWI Blog for additional information. Our firm can also:
- File a request for your administrative license revocation hearing, which must be made within 15 days of your arrest or your license will automatically be suspended
- Attend your administrative license revocation hearing and argue for the restoration of your full driving rights
- Represent you at your occupational driver’s license hearing if your license was revoked at the administrative license revocation hearing. Here you may be able to obtain an occupational driver’s license which enables you to drive to and from work, school and other necessary activities
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If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, now is the time to work with an experienced DWI/DUI defense lawyer who can fully explain the criminal and administrative consequences of your actions. Please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with our attorney, Troy P. Burleson. We are available for evening and weekend appointments, accept credit cards, offer flexible payment plans and charge affordable rates. Call (469) 619-3800. We have offices that are conveniently located in Plano and directly across the street from the County Courts of Law in McKinney.