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Why are Texas DWI laws so vigorously enforced?
There are tremendous societal pressures to make DWI arrests. MADD puts a great
deal of pressure on the County Attorney and Police Departments to get “tough” on
people that drink and drive.
When should I hire a criminal defense attorney?
Immediately. Texas law requires that a request for a hearing to keep your
license must be made within 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest. If you
fail to hire an attorney, and a hearing is not requested, you waive the
opportunity to fight the license suspension. In short, the sooner you act the
better chance I will have in providing the best criminal DWI defense you need.
I was arrested for DWI in Texas. Is my license
No. However, if you refused to provide a sample of your breath or blood, or if
you provided a sample and they say it had an alcohol concentration of .08 or
greater, and a hearing is not requested to fight the DWI suspension, it will be
Is there any benefit in requesting an Administrative
License Revocation (ALR) Hearing?
Absolutely. We have been able to keep a large number of our clients here in
Texas from ever having their license suspended. Also, it is the first and
probably only opportunity that we will have to speak to the officer and get “his
story” before the prosecutors have a chance to coach the officer.
If my license is suspended for a DWI, can I get a
license to drive to work?
In almost every case, yes. Depending on your criminal and driving record, we can
almost always get you an Occupational Driver’s License that will allow you to
drive to and from work. It will also allow you to drive between locations, if
your job requires you to travel as part of your duties.
I got a Texas DWI and I have never been in trouble
before. Am I going to jail?
Probably not. All cases are different, and I will have to look at your specific
facts, but in most cases, I can successfully fight to keep you out of jail.
What part of your practice is devoted to defending
Texas DWI cases?
Nearly every one of my cases is a DWI case. Texas DWI laws and techniques in
defending DWI are constantly changing. What worked yesterday may not be the best
approach today. It is important to find a lawyer who stays on top of the current
Texas DWI laws, trends, and what occurs in Courts everyday. I am such a lawyer.
Also, I concentrate my Continuing Legal Education on DWI specific seminars,
rather than general criminal law issues.
Are you skilled in the proper administration of
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?
Yes. I have completed training for the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests. This will allow me to
better evaluate how you did on the tests, and more importantly, evaluate how the
police officer administered them. This is important because most DWI
prosecutions involve results of "field sobriety tests," some of which have been
the subject of scientific studies conducted by the NHTSA.
Are you familiar with the breath test machine, the
Intoxilyzer 5000, used in Texas?
Yes. I own two of my own Intoxilyzer 5000 machines. To the average criminal
defense attorney, a breath test above the legal limit means "plead guilty" from
the beginning, even though they will not tell you this until after the fee has
been paid. To a true DWI defense attorney, a failed breath test in no way means
you are guilty. I understand how the breath test machine works, what can cause
you to submit an erroneously high reading, the philosophy behind breath testing,
and how alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body. This is often the
difference between a guilty and Not Guilty verdict. If you are serious about
being found Not Guilty, it is a must that your lawyer be very knowledgeable
about alcohol and the human body and its affect on breath testing.
Can you get my DWI case dismissed?
It would be unethical for me to promise that I will get your DWI case dismissed.
That being said, my goal will be to get your case dismissed, keep your record
clean, and prevent you from losing your freedom, dignity, and license to drive.
Texas Drunk Driving Help - Austin Texas
When you find yourself, a family member, or friend in this situation, you need an
experienced and well-skilled attorney who practices only in the area of
criminal defense law. For better or worse, criminal law has its own unique practice and methodology. Frequently you will find attorneys who practice
criminal law, but also handle personal injury, divorce, and other matters. They may be good attorneys, but I believe that criminal law is too specialized to
risk my clients to any distractions facing an attorney who handles multiple types of law and who is not in the trenches everyday.
Please call and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience, because I can help you through the unfamiliar territory of the criminal justice system.
Because each case is different and special, I offer a free initial consultation where you and I can sit down and discuss the charges against you and what
options are available to you. To assist you financially in paying any attorney fees, I offer flat rate fees and flexible payment plans that will allow you to
hire me as your criminal defense attorney so that I can start immediately to protect your rights.