DWI Lawyer in Denton

Driving drunk can end in jail time, fines, and an extensive driver’s license suspension. You will also have to pay to reinstate your driver’s license and face exorbitant auto insurance premiums.

Worse, your conviction will remain on your record permanently. This can affect your ability to get a job, rent a home, or hold a professional license. A DWI lawyer in Denton may be able to help you avoid these consequences. Attorney Randall Isenberg puts his 30+ years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, felony prosecutor, and state judge to work for clients facing Texas DWI charges.  

Schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to better understand the options you have. You have a limited time to act; call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today: 214-696-9253.

 

Will I Go to Jail for a Denton DWI?

Most likely, yes. If you were driving a vehicle or operating a boat while intoxicated (i.e., with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above), you will face a range of penalties, including jail time.

The Texas Penal Code classifies a first DWI offense as a Class B misdemeanor if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was between 0.08 and .149. If your BAC tested at 0.15 or above, you face Class A misdemeanor charges.

A second drunk driving offense qualifies as a Class A misdemeanor, while a third conviction brings third-degree felony DWI charges.

A class B misdemeanor conviction brings the following penalties:

  • Fines of up to $2,000
  • Jail time of three to 180 days
  • Driver’s license suspension of up to one year
  • License reinstatement surcharge of up to $2,000 per year for three years

You will face the following for a class A misdemeanor conviction:

  • Fines of up to $4,000
  • Jail time of 30 days to one year
  • Driver’s license suspension of up to two years
  • License reinstatement surcharge of up to $2,000 per year for three years

The penalties for a third-degree felony include:

  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Prison time of two to 10 years
  • Driver’s license suspension of up to two years
  • License reinstatement surcharge of up to $2,000 per year for three years

You will also likely have to pay court costs and fees and attend a mandatory drug or alcohol education program. You may also face community service, community supervision (probation), and any other penalty the judge chooses to assess.

You will also face elevated charges if you had an open alcohol container in your car, if you had a minor child (age 14 or younger) in the car with you, or if you caused an accident while intoxicated (with or without injuries or a fatality).

 

How Can a DWI lawyer in Denton Help Me?

Your DWI lawyer will ensure the protection of your legal rights and represent you through every phase of the criminal process and driver’s license suspension proceedings. During that time, your attorney will protect you against self-incrimination, fight the suspension of your license, and determine the best approach for your defense.

Your DWI attorney from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg will also look for potential ways to challenge the charges against you, with the goal of getting your charges reduced or even dismissed. And, if necessary, we will represent you in court.

We will also represent you in any related hearings, such as for the suspension of your driver’s license.

 

The Prosecution Is Offering Me a Plea Deal. Should I Take It?

Prosecutors often urge defendants to enter a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.

For someone under the stress of arrest and detention, this may sound like a good idea. However, what they will not tell you is how that conviction will remain on your permanent record, visible to anyone who runs a background check on you.

This can keep you from getting into a good school, from getting a job, renting a home or apartment, or from keeping or obtaining a professional license. If you plead to felony charges, you will also lose your right to own or possess a firearm, obtain a hunting or fishing license, vote, or sit on a jury.

A DWI lawyer will explain your options and how each one may affect you. This way, you can make an informed choice for your future.

 

Will I Lose My Driver’s License for a DWI in Denton?

You might. To keep your license, you must attend a hearing and establish why you deserve to keep your license.

This hearing, known as the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process, is a civil proceeding overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).

From the date of your arrest, you only have 15 days to formally request your ALR hearing. If you fail to request a hearing within this period, TxDPS will suspend your license.

Your DWI attorney will handle scheduling your hearing and represent you before the judge. This may also help your criminal case, as the prosecutor can use any statements you make at the ALR hearing against you in court.

We will prepare you for the hearing, ensuring you do not say anything the prosecution can use in your criminal case.

If the judge does elect to suspend your license, your lawyer can appeal the decision or help you obtain a provisional license, allowing you to drive legally to work, school, medical appointments, and necessary personal errands.

Note: TxDPS can still suspend your license if the prosecution drops the charges or the court finds you not guilty. Do not assume that you will keep your license if the prosecution forgoes filing charges.

 

What Legal Strategies Will My DWI Lawyer Use to Challenge the Charges?

We will put our knowledge and experience to work on your behalf, helping to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. We will analyze the evidence looking for any potential loophole or error that may lead to a successful challenge.

For example, your attorney may challenge whether the police had reasonable suspicion to pull you over or probable cause to arrest you. Problems with BAC testing also offer a potential argument, due to problems with the equipment, operator error, or testing conditions.

In other cases, you may have taken a medication or consumed something that caused a false positive breathalyzer test. Or, your attorney may argue that, although your BAC tested high enough to indicate intoxication when the police tested you, you had a legal BAC level at the time you drove.

Your lawyer will choose the appropriate legal strategies to fight your drunk driving charges based on the details of your case, to give you the best possible chance of prevailing in your challenge.

 

Schedule a Free Case Review with a DWI Attorney in Denton

Talk to an attorney before making any decisions about your case, so you can better understand your options.

The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers a free consultation and case review for clients facing DWI charges in Denton. Call us today at 214-696-9253 to learn more.

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