Facing Drunk Driving Charges in Texas?
Thousands of drunk driving tickets are given out every year in Texas. Most of the time, people feel like they have no option but to submit to the opinion of the arresting officer and put themselves at the mercy of the court. This is simply not true. But you must act quickly. It is key to retain an experienced DUI/DWI attorney as soon as possible. Our attorney, David M. White, can help you discover and utilize your options — ensuring that you are treated fairly by the court.
For a no-cost consultation at one of our offices — in either Abilene or San Angelo — call us at 325-437-3311 or contact us online.
Common Questions to Ask After Receiving a DWI
- Will I go to jail?
- Will I lose my driver’s license?
- What kind of fines am I going to have to pay?
- Is this going to effect my current or future employment?
- How much will my insurance increase?
- The answers to these questions depend on how you are charged and the outcome of your case. It is important to seek legal advice to get the best result based on your circumstances. If this is not your first DUI/DWI offense, don’t wait to contact a lawyer because you stand to lose much more than a first-time offender.
What Happens After Receiving a DWI?
- You only have 15 days from your DUI arrest to keep your driver’s license from being suspended.
- You are NOT automatically guilty because you took a breath or blood test.
- If your license is suspended, we can get you an occupational driver’s license that will give you the right to drive.
- There is an art to defending DWI cases.
- If you are convicted of two or more DWIs, you face mandatory jail time. And there is no time limit on when the second DWI may occur – so even if your first drunk driving conviction was when you were young and in college, you could still be facing felony charges and jail time if you make a mistake 30 years later.
- If you are being charged with your first DWI, it is important that you do not plead guilty and accept the prosecution’s first deal. You could be facing the loss of your license and extensive licensing fines in the years to come. Contact an attorney who can help you plead down your first DWI charge or assist you in getting an occupational license so you can still get to work after your license has been suspended.
DWI License Suspension
The first issue you will face after receiving a DWI is your Notice of Suspension. Local law enforcement usually leaves a copy of this notice for you at the jail. The original notice is then submitted to DPS. This is called an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). If you call us within 15 days of your arrest, we will file an ALR appeal for you at no additional charge (i.e. fight your license suspension).
The potential periods of suspension are as follows:
- Breath or Blood Test Refusal – 180 days
- Breath or Blood Test Failure – 90 days
- Longer suspension periods may apply if you have prior ALR contacts
Contact an Experienced San Angelo Defense Attorney
Contact the DWI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. White at 325-437-3311, or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our offices in Abilene and San Angelo are located convenient to I-20. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Evening and weekend appointments are available.