When charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), you may be uncertain about the possible consequences of conviction and what you can do to defend your rights. Fortunately, this is not a situation you must face on your own. The Colony DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg may be able to walk you through the legal process and provide you with a defense against your charges.
Call (214) 696-9253 for a free consultation on your case with a representative of the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg. We can go over the details of your case and our services with you during this call.
DWI Laws in Texas
According to Texas Penal Code §49.04, you can be charged with a DWI if you are driving with a 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration). The amount of alcohol needed to have a 0.08% BAC varies from one person to the next.
Furthermore, you could be considered intoxicated if you took drugs and do not have the normal use of your physical or mental faculties. However, these charges may be more difficult to prove as they could require blood tests and officer observation to show if you were intoxicated.
Penalties You Could Be Facing
The punishments for a DWI conviction are serious and may be based on your DWI history or the circumstances of your arrest:
Even if your DWI is your first offense, this charge can still have significant consequences. You could be looking at a fine of up to $2,000. While there is no mandatory jail time for a first offense DWI, you could be ordered to serve anywhere from 3 to 180 days in jail. Your driver’s license could be suspended for up to 1 year.
For a second offense DWI, you are required to spend 3 days in jail upon conviction. In addition, you could have to serve anywhere from 1 month to 1 year in jail. Your fine may go up to $4,000, and you could lose your driver’s license for up to 2 years.
If you are charged for a third offense DWI, you could be looking at a $10,000 fine. You may spend up to 10 years in prison and lose your driver’s license for 2 years.
DWI with a Child Present
If you are driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, you could not only be looking at a DWI charge but a child endangerment charge as well. Even if this is your first offense, you could face a fine of up to $10,000 and 2 years in jail, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
A DWI charge related to a car accident is a serious offense. If you get a DWI in an injury accident, the charge may increase from a misdemeanor to a felony. This type of charge can never be sealed from your record.
DWI with Open Container
Having an open container in your car when you receive a DWI may increase the offense from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor with jail time.
BAC of 0.15% or More
Recording a BAC of 0.15% or more may also increase the offense from a class B misdemeanor to a class A misdemeanor.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg may be able to help you fight your DWI charges and avoid consequences such as these. We may be able to get the charges in your case dropped, or if that is not possible, try to have your charges or punishments reduced.
To learn more about our services in a free case review with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253.
Defending You Against DWI Charges
The Colony DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can examine the circumstances of your arrest and charges when we represent you. This may include:
- Investigating your arrest to see if officers conducted all steps legally
- Examining any blood, urine, or breath test evidence against you for accuracy
- Examining if environmental factors, such as bad weather or uneven road surfaces, impacted your field sobriety test
- Collecting evidence in your defense, which may include witness statements from individuals who were with you before the arrest if you were not drinking
- Checking to see if statements or admissions you provided the police were legally obtained
Once we have a better idea of the charges you face, we can design a strategy for your defense and guide you through the legal process. This may include:
- Answering your questions and helping you understand the potential outcomes of your case
- Communicating with other parties on your behalf
- Preparing you for any statements you may have to give
- Negotiating with the prosecutor or the court to have your charges dismissed or reduced, if possible
- Representing you on trial
Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg Today
You do not need to face DWI charges alone. The Colony DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can support you through this process and defend your rights at all stages of your case.
Our firm understands DWI law in Texas. In addition, Randall B. Isenberg has a legal career that spans over 30 years. During this time, he has served as both a Senior Chief Felony Prosecutor and State District Trial Judge. Today, Randall B. Isenberg dedicates his practice to criminal defense.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253.