We may be able to reduce your DWI charges depending on the circumstances of your arrest and other details of your case. While there is no wet reckless charge to plead down to in Texas, it is still possible to fight for a lesser charge if you are facing a DWI. And even if we are unable to reduce your charges, there are other paths we can pursue to reduce the effects of your DWI on your life.
Call us at 214-696-9253 to speak with a DWI reduction lawyer in Dallas about your case and what options may be available to you.
What options will you pursue to reduce my DWI charges?
Our legal strategy depends on your case. So please contact us to set up a consultation so we can review your charges. These are some of the options we may pursue to reduce the charges you are facing:
Reduce to Reckless Driving Charges
Rather than pleading a DWI down to a wet reckless charge, we may explore whether we can plead down to a general reckless driving charge. This is an option we have successfully pursued before. Texas Transportation Code §545.401 defines reckless driving as driving “a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
A reckless driving charge has a maximum sentence of a $200 fine and up to 30 days in county jail. Many people serve no jail time for this offense, and the administrative license revocation lasts only 30 days.
On the other hand, a first DWI conviction often comes with a fine of up to $2,000, between three days and six months in jail, and a year-long driver’s license suspension. A second DWI increases these maximums, and a third is a felony offense.
Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor
Alternatively, we may negotiate to reduce your felony DWI charges to misdemeanor charges.
Or we may pursue dropping misdemeanor A charges to misdemeanor B charges, which could lower the penalties you face considerably. For example, maximum jail time for a misdemeanor A is a year versus six months for a misdemeanor B. The maximum fine for a misdemeanor A is $4,000, double the maximum fine for a misdemeanor B. (Texas Penal Code §12.21 & 12.22)
Reduce BAC Score to Below 0.15
If law enforcement measured your blood alcohol content (BAC) as 0.15 or above, we may fight to drop it to below 0.15. If successful, you may qualify to file a petition for non-disclosure, which essentially means you can seal your record from the public. A sealed record keeps potential employers from seeing the charges.
What legal maneuvers will you use to fight or reduce DWI penalties?
In addition to fighting to reduce your charges, we might also pursue certain legal procedures that could lead to case dismissal or acquittal at trial.
File Motion for Speedy Trial
We may argue that the state failed to proceed on your case in a timely manner. If the state fails to pursue the case within a certain period of time, we may ask a judge to dismiss your case.
Negotiate Terms, Length of Sentence
We may negotiate with the state for a reduced sentence that minimizes the impact the DWI has on your everyday life. For example, we may be able to reduce your jail time by agreeing to attend alcohol treatment classes or to do community service. Or we may negotiate for probation instead of jail time.
Fight for Acquittal at Trial
If we are unable to get the charges dismissed or reach a plea bargain before trial, we will present your case at trial, arguing for your acquittal on your DWI charges. As a former judge and state prosecutor, attorney Randall Isenberg has a lot of experience in court rooms and knows how to build and present your defense in front of a judge or jury.
Speak with Attorney Randall Isenberg About Minimizing the Effects of Your DWI
A DWI conviction is a mark on your record for years, long after you complete your sentence. So if you are facing DWI charges, talk with Randall Isenberg about options to reduce charges, fight to dismiss charges, or to minimize your penalties.
By building a strong defense and fighting to disprove the state’s case, we may successfully convince prosecutors to file a lesser charge, which could drastically reduces the consequences of a conviction.
Dallas DWI attorney Randy Isenberg is a former prosecutor and judge, so he understands both sides of drunk driving cases. We will use our experience to work within the system to attempt to reduce your charges or negotiate for lesser penalties. Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at 214-696-9253 to schedule a consultation to discuss your DWI case.