Protecting Your Freedom After A DWI Charge
Being accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is a serious crime that can have significant consequences. It is important for individuals facing DWI charges to understand their rights and options and seek legal help to protect their rights and minimize potential penalties.
At The Law Office of Abrar & Vergara, our DWI defense attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and protect your future. As former El Paso prosecutors, we deeply understand both sides of the criminal justice system. We know how seriously Texas takes DWI charges. We use this knowledge and experience to provide tailored legal plans to help our clients keep their licenses and freedom.
A DWI Charge Can Impact More Than Your Drivers’ License
Texas law considers you intoxicated if your blood alcohol concentration is at or above .08 or if you do not have normal use of mental or physical faculties. Intoxication can be the result of drug use, alcohol or both. Even if your BAC is below the legal limit, the police can still charge you with a DWI after a field sobriety test.
The punishments and penalties for a DWI in Texas vary depending on your criminal history and the facts and circumstances of your case. A first-time DWI offender may face up to 180 days in jail, a license suspension of 90 days to one year, a fine of up to $2,000 and an annual fee for three years to keep your license.
A second DWI offense can result in fines up to $4,000, a three-year annual fee, one month to one year in jail and a license suspension for at least one year. A third-time offender must also pay an annual fee for three years, but also faces up to $10,000 in fines, two to ten years in prison and a license suspension for one to two years.
As part of your punishment, the court may order you to attend community service, DWI treatment and education programs. You may also have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle after two or more DWI convictions in the same five-year period. A DWI conviction can also cause increased car insurance premiums and stay on your criminal record, appearing on background checks for jobs, housing and loans.
Don’t Risk Your License, Get Started On Your Case Today
If you face a DWI charge, it is vital that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. DWI cases can be challenging to defend against. At The Law Office of Abrar & Vergara, we will thoroughly examine the evidence against you to determine errors and create a defense strategy that challenges the prosecution’s case. To get started on your case, contact our El Paso office to schedule a free consultation. Call us at 915-845-9621 or complete our online contact form.