Fort Bend County DWI Lawyer
Seek the Experienced Defense You Need in the Greater Houston Area
After you have been charged with DWI, it is essential that you contact our
Fort Bend County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
You only have 15 days after the notification to challenge a suspension
of a driver’s license.
Often, individuals accused of DWI believe there is nothing they can do
to fight their charges. However, this is not always the case, and at The
Sims Law Firm, PLLC, we are
devoted to fighting relentlessly to protect the rights and futures of the criminally accused.
Contact us for your free consultation from our Fort Bend DWI defense attorney!
Maintain Your Driving Privileges
You can be
charged with DWI if you are pulled over for driving with a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. In Texas, the law states that if you are
driving a vehicle, you have automatically given consent to submit to a
chemical test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. Therefore,
if you provide a specimen that registers 0.08 or higher OR you refuse
to provide a specimen you will be subjected to an automatic driver's license
suspension or revocation.
If you have been arrested for DWI,
contact our law firm, and we will attempt to prevent your license from being suspended and/or
assist you in obtaining an occupational driver's license that allows you
to travel to work, school, or tend to household duties while your case
Is a DWI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Texas?
A DWI is a felony if it is your third DWI offense and can still be a felony
for your first or second offense under certain conditions. When someone gets injured in an accident with you and it is found that
you were driving while intoxicated, no matter if it is your first DWI
or second, you will face felony charges of the third degree called intoxication assault.
What Are the Penalties for a DWI?
Unfortunately, mandatory jail time is associated with various DWI convictions. In addition to facing a potential jail or prison sentence (for a DWI with
child passenger or Felony DWI),
you could be facing other forms of punishment relating to your DWI Arrest.
Such penalties may include:
- Fines ranging from anywhere between $2,000 - $10,000 depending upon whether
you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DWI
- Enrollment in mandatory alcohol education programs
- Suspension of your driver's license
- Increased insurance rates
- A criminal conviction
- DPS Surcharges
- Mandatory Interlock installation in your vehicle
DWI is often referred to as an "opinion crime" due to the fact
that a determination must be made by a judge or a jury as to whether an
individual has lost the "normal use" of their mental or physical
faculties due to the introduction of alcohol or drugs into one's system.
There may be legal grounds to challenge the basis of the police officer
pulling you over that ultimately led to your DWI arrest or the validity
of the blood or alcohol specimen that was collected from your person.
Can You Get a DWI Dismissed in Texas?
In Texas, DWIs are rarely dismissed. Cases in which a DWI can be dismissed include a police officer might not
have had a proper justification to make a traffic stop. In legal terms,
this is known as reasonable suspicion. In other cases, a case could be
dismissed if the officer did not have enough evidence to arrest you (also
known as probable cause). An arrest can lack probable cause if the police
officer did not administer any Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
or administers them incorrectly. Even if the the stop was valid, a case
can also be dismissed if it is weak, and the District Attorney’s
office does not feel it can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.
Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation
If you retain our firm's services, we will leave no stone unturned in an
attempt to obtain the best possible outcome in your case whether it be
a dismissal, reduced charge, or "not guilty" verdict from a
judge or jury.
Our Fort Bend County DWI lawyer has over 13 years of experience and will
not hesitate to challenge the evidence brought forth by the police, the
prosecution, or contest the methods that were used by the arresting officer
during his DWI investigation.
To find out more about the services we offer,
contact our firm today.