Fort Worth DWI Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested for DUI in Fort Worth, TX?
Being arrested for DWI or DUI in Fort Worth can be a life-altering experience
and cause trouble for you and your family for years to come.
If convicted, you will carry a permanent criminal record that can cause stress with friends and family, difficulties with employment opportunities and financial stability, and can lead to even harsher penalties for any future convictions. Penalties for DWI in Texas are stiff, and prosecutions are vigorously pursued.
Don't let emotion and worry overwhelm you; contact a Fort Worth defense lawyer from The Alband Law Firm right away to ensure that your rights are protected. We also serve residents of Tarrant County and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (817) 997-4366.
Learn how we can help with drunk driving cases involving:
- Administrative licenses
- DWI penalties
- Field sobriety tests
- First DWI offenses
- Multiple DWI offenses
- Occupational Driver's Licenses
Possible Penalties for DWI in Texas
Although the legal limit for BAC (blood alcohol concentration) when operating a vehicle in Texas is .08, DWI charges can be filed when law enforcement observes impaired driving - regardless of your actual BAC. When possible, it is always best to use a designated driver or to call a friend or a cab for a ride, as penalties can be severe for DWI convictions, and can get progressively harsher with multiple DWI arrests.
- First time DWI convictions can bring a $2000 fine, plus yearly fines for the privilege of keeping your driver's license, up to 6 months in prison and a year of license suspension.
- Second and third DWI's can bring fines in excess of $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
- If you are convicted of more than one DWI within a span of 5 years, you will face mandatory installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device, at your own expense.
How a Fort Worth DWI Attorney Can Help
Letting your legal rights remain unprotected and risking your future livelihood simply isn't worth it. The skilled DWI attorneys at The Alband Law Firm can provide you with clear answers, exemplary legal representation, and years of experience in dealing with DWI defense. We will work diligently for your case and work for the best outcome possible.
Whenever you are facing criminal charges in Texas, you have inalienable rights after an arrest including:
- The right to remain silent (you don't have to tell anyone how many drinks you had).
- The right against self-incrimination.
- The right to speak to an attorney before answering questions and the right to have an attorney present if you choose to answer questions.
- The right against unlawful searches and seizures.
- The right to know what you are being charged with.
- The right to bail if it's allowed under the law.
Defenses Available against a DWI Charge
Most defenses against DWI charges stem from police mistakes. Here are some:
- The policeman stops you based on an anonymous phone call. He must know who it was who called.
- A policeman stops you on a hunch with no objective reason.
- The technician fails to follow the Department of Public Safety's rules in administrating the alcohol testing.
- The policeman stops you for a violation you did not commit.
- The policeman stops you for driving too slowly but can name no specific code violation you violated.
- You are arrested based on your statements alone with no other evidence of your guilt.
- The policeman stops you for no other reason than to check driver license and car registration.
All these mistakes and more may result in dismissal!
Frequently Asked Questions about DWI Offenses
Should I just plead guilty?
There are many who decide to be apathetic about their case and plead guilty. This is not always the best approach; what if there were compelling defense possibilities? What if law enforcement had failed to correctly administer the tests, making them invalid?
Never make a plea in a DWI case without first consulting with a lawyer to determine how to proceed. Do not discuss your case with anyone or engage in answering questions at the scene or at the police facility until your attorney is there to protect your rights.
Will my license be suspended?
When you are arrested and charged with a DWI in our state, your license is automatically suspended 15 days after you are charged. The length of time of the suspension varies depending upon a number of factors: your blood alcohol content (BAC), your previous convictions on DWI and whether an accident, injury or death occurred in the incident.
There are immediate steps that can be taken to assist you in fighting to avoid the suspension of your license. This activity should be initiated in conjunctions with your DWI defense.
What do I do if I am stopped for suspicion of drunk driving?
Many people make serious blunders when stopped by the police. The biggest error you can make is engaging in answering questions from law enforcement. You are being videotaped to gather evidence against you. There is only one goal: conviction.
If a friendly law enforcement officer wants to discuss your case, you should be aware that he or she is merely gathering evidence to turn over to the prosecutor. In such cases, there is no such thing as a friendly police officer, and they are not there to help you.
Isn't it cheaper to just plead guilty?
When you add up the damages you will face in a DWI conviction, having a skilled lawyer is cheaper than you may think. What if you plan to advance your career in your field and you now have a DWI conviction on your record?
You can be sure that future employers consider the stability of those they hire and you can significantly damage your future employment by having a DWI conviction on your permanent criminal record; not to mention the increased costs of insurance, fines, and other costs associated with a conviction.
Contact The Alband Law Firm today to request a free consultation to learn about your legal options!
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