DWI Lawyer in Garland

In Garland, a DWI conviction may mean steep fines, jail time, suspension of your driver’s license, and a permanent criminal record.

To protect your future and your legal rights, contact a DWI lawyer in Garland to help. Randall Isenberg of the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg has more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system. He can help you explore your options and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact us today at 214-696-9253 to get started.

What penalties might I face for a Garland DWI?

According to the Texas Penal Code, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or above qualifies as legal intoxication. However, because the statute covers drug impairment as well as alcohol, a police officer can declare legal intoxication if, in the officer’s judgment, you lack the physical and mental capacity to drive safely.

If the state convicts you of DWI, you face the following:

First Offense

  • Potential jail time of 3 days to 6 months
  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • Up to a 1-year driver’s license suspension
  • Up to $2,000 per year license reinstatement fee (for up to 3 years)

Second Offense

  • 30 days to one year in jail (minimum 72-hour stay)
  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • Up to a 2-year driver’s license suspension
  • Up to $2,000 per year license reinstatement fee (for up to 3 years)

Third Offense

  • 2 to 10 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Up to a 2-year license suspension
  • Up to $2,000 per year license reinstatement fee (for up to 3 years)

The judge may also require:

  • Attendance at an alcohol education class
  • Community service
  • Community supervision (probation)
  • An ignition interlock device

The prosecution can increase the severity of your charges — and thus the penalties for conviction — if your arrest included any aggravating circumstances.

For example, DWI with a minor (under age 15) passenger may carry child endangerment charges in addition to the DWI charges. A child endangerment conviction carries up to 2 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Having an open container of alcohol in your vehicle will increase your mandatory jail time.

When should I call a DWI lawyer in Garland?

The sooner you can contact a drunk driving attorney, the better.

Until you have a lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg present, your legal rights are at risk. Defendants often compromise their case by speaking to the police after a DWI arrest or by giving statements during questioning. Do not provide any statements to the police until we arrive.

We can also evaluate the evidence in your case and explain your potential options.

Having a DWI on your record means that, every time you apply for a job, try to rent a home or apply for professional licensure, they can deny you based on your drunk driving conviction. You will also pay thousands of dollars more for car insurance than you otherwise would, in addition to the approximately $2,000 per year it will cost for you to reactivate and keep your driver’s license after the ALR suspension ends.

What is the ALR program?

A DWI charge in Garland activates two separate legal processes, one criminal and one civil (or administrative).

The court system handles the criminal DWI charges but, in addition to that proceeding, you also face Administrative License Revocation (ALR) proceedings. The ALR process is a civil matter that determines whether you get to keep your driver’s license.

This process occurs independently of the criminal process, regardless of whether the state convicts you for DWI or dismisses the charges

When an officer pulls you over and arrests you for DWI, she will issue a temporary driving permit that expires 15 days from the date of your arrest. You or your attorney has 15 days to request a formal ALR hearing — a request that you must make in writing to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).

If you fail to request a hearing, DPS will revoke your driver’s license on the 15th day. The suspension period typically ranges between 90 days and two years, depending on the nature of your charges.

How can I fight Garland drunk driving charges?

In addition to having a strong knowledge of Texas law and the local court system, your DWI attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and identify potential weaknesses or errors.

Using this information, your attorney may successfully negotiate with the prosecutor for a dismissal of or reduction in charges. And, if you do go to trial, we can build a strong case to defend you.

Some potential questions your attorney will ask about your charges include the following:

  • Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to make the traffic stop?
  • Did the officer have probable cause for ordering chemical testing?
  • Did the officer properly conduct field sobriety testing?
  • Did the chemical testing technician and testing lab follow protocol?

If your DWI lawyer can challenge the legality of your traffic stop or the officer’s probable cause for requesting BAC testing, it may improve the outcome of your case. Likewise, if the officer failed to conduct field sobriety testing according to established standards, or if any part of the BAC chemical testing or analysis process failed to comply with standards, your lawyer may be able to get a judge to throw the resulting evidence out.

These are just a few more reasons why it is critical to find a Garland DWI attorney to represent you.

How do I locate a DWI lawyer to help me?

If this is your first Texas DWI arrest or your fourth, you need an attorney to fight for your rights.

Randy Isenberg can put his three decades of experience to work for you today, building a case and making sure you receive every legal right afforded to you under the law. As a former felony prosecutor and trial judge, Randall has the insight you need to help fight this legal battle.

The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg provide complimentary consultations and case reviews. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to speak directly with a DWI lawyer: 214-696-9253.

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