DWI: YOU HAVE TWO CASES!
If you face drunk-driving charges, you may have considered forgoing legal representation. Because a DWI charge can have very serious consequences, it is strongly recommended to hire a DWI attorney to represent you.
When you were released from jail, what you may not have known is that your DWI arrest created 2 cases: A criminal DWI charge and another case where the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your driver’s license for up to 2 years!
Casey has the expertise needed to help you get the best possible outcome. He can often get your charges reduced and sometimes even get your cases dismissed.
The Criminal Case
In Texas, punishment for a DWI can vary greatly depending on whether it is your first, second, or third or more DWI, whether there were children in the car, and what your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was at the time.
In no circumstance is a conviction for DWI light. Our state legislature creates our DWI laws, and as a general rule, no one gets elected promising to be reasonable on drunk driving.
The lowest level DWI can carry heavy fines and court costs to the county, jail time of up to 6 months, drivers license suspensions and costl probation. Any DWI conviction also carries “surcharges” to DPS of at least $1000 per year. Punishment only gets more severe from here.
The License Hearing
In Texas, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) can suspend your drivers license from 60 days to 2 years if you fail or refuse a breath or blood test. This is called an Administrative License Revocation (ALR).
It is possible to avoid a license suspension. Request an ALR hearing from DPS within 14 days of your date of arrest. You may call DPS at (800) 394-9913 to immediately stop the suspension of your driver’s license. Some non-DWI lawyers advise their clients not to do these hearings, but that is a bad idea. Always request a hearing. It is important to defending your DWI case.
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