FAQ: DWI Defenses
Why are the Texas DWI laws so vigorously enforced?
Drunk drivers kill innocent victims, and no civilized society can tolerate the death of innocent people. As such, society puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the Legislature, the District Attorney, and Law Enforcement to get tough on people that drink and drive and to make DWI arrests.
When should I hire an Experienced Texas DWI Defenses Trial Lawyer?
Immediately! The law requires that you request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) to fight your license suspension within 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest. If you fail to timely request an ALR Hearing, you waive the opportunity to fight the license suspension. The sooner I’m on your case the sooner I will be able to concentrate on DWI defense procedures.
Is my license automatically suspended?
No. But, if you refused to provide a sample of your breath or blood, or if you provided a sample and it had an alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, and you fail to request a hearing to fight the DWI license suspension, it will be automatically suspended.
Is there any benefit in requesting an ALR Hearing?
Absolutely! I have been able to keep a number of my clients from ever having their driving privileges suspended thanks to strong DWI defenses. Also, it is the first and probably only opportunity that we will have to speak to the officer and get his story locked down 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?
Depending on your criminal and driving record, I 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.
Are you skilled in the proper administration of the sobriety tests known as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)?
Yes. I have completed training for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests several times. This allows me to better evaluate how you did on the tests, and more importantly, evaluate how the police officer administered them creating specialized DWI defenses. Most DWI prosecutions involve results of “field sobriety tests,” some of which have been the subject of scientific studies conducted by NHTSA.
Are you familiar with the breath test machine, the Breathalyzer, known as the Intoxilyzer 5000?
Yes. I even own an Intoxilyzer 5000 machine. 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 an Experienced DWI Defenses Trial Lawyer, a failed breath test in no way means you are guilty.
I understand how the breath test machine works, what can cause you to provide an erroneously high reading, the philosophy behind breath testing, and how alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body. This knowledge can often mean the difference between a Guilty and Not Guilty verdict. If you are serious about being found Not Guilty, you need a lawyer that is very knowledgeable about DWI defense procedures, including alcohol and how it affects the human body and 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 with aggressive DWI defense procedures.
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