DWI Lawyers in Dallas
If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), you are no doubt worried, confused, and scared about the process it takes to handle your particular case. That is where it is best to retain a firm that is focused on you and your individual concerns, not just the quickest resolution to your case. We provide the guidance you need so that you can make the best decisions for your case. Our goal is always to facilitate the best possible outcome for your case. That can only be accomplished by keeping your participation in the process from day one.
So what can you expect now that you have been charged? First, you have only 15 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing on the potential suspension of your driver’s license. If you do not request a hearing your license will be automatically suspended. The hearing, known as an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing, is an excellent opportunity to gather more information about the facts of your case from the arresting officer and/or the breath test operator.
If it has been more than 15 days since you the time you were arrested and you have NOT requested a hearing on the suspension of your drivers license, please contact our office immediately so that we may discuss your options. Usually, we can obtain an occupational license so that you can continue to operate a motor vehicle. Please follow the link below to learn more about an Occupational License.
Next, the police agency that arrested you will send your case to the District Attorney’s Office in the county where you were arrested for review. If the District Attorney’s office accepts the case, it will file the formal written charge against you. Next, your case will be randomly assigned to a court and you will receive notice to appear. You can generally expect as much as a four to six week time lapse between the date of your arrest and your fist court appearance.
A DWI presents many issues which must be addressed. Of course our office will be glad to discuss the particulars of your case in more detail at your convenience. DWI cases can present, among other things, the following issues:
• Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to make the initial stop?
• Was there sufficient probable cause to justify the arrest?
• Were you a good candidate for the field sobriety tests?
• Were the field sobriety tests administered correctly?
• Were any of your constitutional rights violated?
• Was the breath/blood evidence obtained lawfully?
• What does the video evidence reveal?
• Can the State prove their case against you?
Like most people, you are unaware of the possible range of punishment you are facing. Of course, it varies depending on which degree of DWI you have been charged with, but typically you are facing the following:
• Jail or prison
• Fines and court costs
• Probation (if eligible) with mandatory probation fees
• Drivers license suspension
In addition, you may also have to endure the following:
• Drivers License surcharge
• Court ordered classes, such as DWI Education, Victims Impact Panel (VIP)
• Court ordered Community Service
While the length of time it takes to resolve a DWI charge will vary on a case by case basis, your goals for the case will generally dictate how fast your case is resolved. It can take up to a year, depending on the complexity of your case, to have your case heard before a jury. Alternatively, it may take only weeks from the time the case is filed to resolve it if that is your goal.
So, if you are looking for a DWI Attorney in Dallas, DWI Attorney in Ft. Worth, DWI Attorney in Plano, DWI Attorney in Denton, DWI Attorney in Garland, DWI Attorney in Mesquite, DWI Attorney in Frisco, DWI Attorney in Irving, DWI Attorney in Richardson, DWI Attorney in McKinney, DWI Attorney in Allen, DWI Attorney in Bedford, DWI Attorney in Euless, DWI Attorney in Hurst, DWI Attorney in Arlington, DWI Attorney in Grand Prairie, DWI Attorney in Grapevine, or anywhere else in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex then please click here to learn more about DWI’s.