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If you have been accused and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI), you must act quickly. Texas law allows 15 days from the date you are arrested to appeal an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
DWI charges are becoming more common every day. If you have been drinking and you are stopped by the police, it is highly likely that you will be arrested and charged with a DWI. There is nothing that prohibits a responsible adult from drinking an alcoholic beverage before driving a car. There are organizations that are lobbying government officials to enact and enforce stricter laws and punishments for those that are accused of DWI. Local police have organized “DWI task force teams” to specifically seek out and arrest citizens for DWI.
When you are stopped, the police will offer you some tests to “prove” your sobriety. You will be arrested based solely on the opinion of the officer. Once you are arrested and brought down to the station, the police will offer you a breath test to once again “prove” your sobriety. If you took any of the tests and you failed them in the opinion of the officer, it doesn’t mean that you are guilty and you should give up fighting your case. Some officers are poorly trained in giving the tests and give them wrong. Breath test machines aren’t always working properly and the police do make mistakes.
Being convicted of a DWI carries serious consequences. You will face the embarrassment of being handled by the criminal justice system, higher insurance premiums, and a driver’s license suspension. There are also real consequences that could result in imprisonment and fines. A person charged with their first DWI could face up to 6 months in the county jail and up to a $2,000 fine. A second conviction could result in up to 1 year in the county jail and up to a $4,000 fine. If someone is convicted of a 3rd DWI, they could face up to 10 years in prison and receive up to a $10,000 fine.
Because there are such serious consequences for being convicted of a DWI, you need an attorney that has personally handled hundreds of these types of cases. Not every case is the same. When you retain the Law Offices of Dustan Neyland, you will be treated as an individual. Mr. Neyland personally goes out to view the scene where you were stopped and arrested by the police and obtains all evidence the State has against you including any videos of the tests you performed. It is at this point that your case will be evaluated on whether or not it should be tried to a jury.
Being charged with a crime is stressful. The Law Offices of Dustan Neyland will make it a priority to get you through this time as smoothly and stress free as possible. Mr. Neyland handles all types of DWI and DUI related charges from Class C DUI up to Felony DWI, including Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter.
Contact us today at (281) 312-0155 to schedule a consultation.