Getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) immediately puts the brakes on your life. Court dates, jail time, fines, and the implications of the arrest on your job and your future are all things you will be mulling over. Because a conviction can have serious, long-term consequences, it is vital to speak to a DWI lawyer straightaway to begin building a comprehensive defense.
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we do everything we can to lower the charges you face and minimize the potential consequences of your DWI. Contact a DWI lawyer in Dallas, TX today by calling 214-696-9253 to learn more about how we can help you with your case.
What penalties do I face if convicted of a DWI in Dallas, Texas?
The State of Texas takes DWI offenses exceptionally seriously. The potential penalties you face depend on how many prior convictions you have on your record. After two drunk driving convictions, you are looking at a felony DWI for your third. The table below details the increase in penalties for each DWI conviction.
|First Conviction||· Up to 180 days in jail
· Up to $2,000 in fines
· A 1-year license suspension
|Second Conviction||· Up to 1 year in jail
· 3 days mandatory jail time
· Up to $4,000 in fines
· A 2-year license suspension
· 3 years of Driver Responsibility Program (DPS) fees to retain your license
|Third Conviction||· Felony on your record
· Between 2 and 10 years in prison
· Up to $10,000 in fines
· Annual DPS fees
|DWI with a Child in the Vehicle||· Child endangerment charges
· Felony on your record
· Up to $10,000 in fines
· Up to 2 years in a state jail
· 180-day license suspension
If you are convicted of DWI two or more times within five years, the court will require you install an ignition interlock device.
How can Randall B. Isenberg help my DWI case?
Drunk driving charges differ by county, the specifics of the situation, and the past record of the accused. Since a DWI conviction cannot be expunged, the ideal outcome for someone arrested for DWI is to either defeat the charge or, where that is not possible, to negotiate and plea to a lesser charge.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg has built a strong reputation at both hearings and trials, and we are accustomed to creating opportunities for compromise. When we work with clients who have been arrested for drunk driving, we explore all the following to build the best defense and to get the best possible results:
Exploring DWI Defenses: There are various ways to approach a DWI case. As a former prosecutor and former trial judge, Isenberg knows how the system works and what strategies are most effective for DWI cases. One of the first things we investigate is whether the officer had reasonable suspicion to pull your car over or had probable cause to make the arrest. Without probable cause, the case likely will not stand.
We also look for the failure to conduct breath and blood tests in accordance with Texas and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards. If we show that the field test did not comply with NHTSA standards, the evidence will be invalid. From weak toxicology evidence to video evidence at odds with police reports or testimony, our firm will work to uncover any holes in the State’s case and use it to build a strong defense.
Seeking Reduction of Charges: In cases where a dismissal is not possible, we might be able to convince the prosecutor to reduce a DWI charge to a non-alcohol offense, such as obstruction of a roadway. If we can plea to a non-alcohol offense, you could receive deferred adjudication. This is a far better outcome than a conviction because we can eventually petition the court for nondisclosure of the record.
Protecting Your Driving Privileges: Driving is essential for work, school, and other vital responsibilities. If you are eligible, we can try to help you preserve your right to drive. We will petition the court on your behalf for an occupational license, which will allow you to drive to school, work, and for other essential household needs.
Capitalizing on ALR Hearings: After a DWI arrest, you have 15 days to request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. We will use the ALR hearing to perform discovery, gather important details about the case, and commit the arresting officer to a story that may not hold up at trial.
This tactic is especially effective with blood alcohol content (BAC) tests and refusal cases. We can use any evidence we obtain at ALR hearings to bolster your defense at the DWI trial.
Speak to an attorney in Dallas, TX today!
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we aim to go above and beyond in service for our clients. We know how important your reputation, career, and future are to you, and how devastating a DWI conviction can be. Our team will use our resources and legal aptitudes to protect your rights during the court process and help you move forward with a well-planned strategy.
Be it a dismissal, acquittal, or reduced charges, you can count on us to do everything in our power to win your DWI case.
With substantial criminal law experience, positive case results, high accolades, and proven DWI defense strategies, Randall B. Isenberg will be an asset to your case. Contact our office in Dallas, TX today at 214-696-9253 for a free, confidential consultation.
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The criminal justice system is cold, intimidating, and confusing. But you do not have to navigate it alone. You need to know your rights and how to protect your future. No matter what charges you are facing, the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help.
With over 30 years’ experience in criminal law, we can provide the defense, counsel, and representation you need when facing criminal charges. Whether for state or federal cases, misdemeanors or felonies, our criminal defense legal team will put in the work needed to get the best possible results for you.
Contact our office in Dallas, TX today at 214-696-9253 for a free, confidential consultation with our criminal defense lawyer.