Life can change in an instant. One minute, you’re driving home, and the next, you’re handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and facing serious consequences such as the loss of your driver’s license, hefty fines and even jail time! And this says nothing of the embarrassment that you’re probably experiencing.
This is the reality for a large portion of drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance such as a prescription medication or an illicit drug. Many who are arrested for DWI have never been in trouble with the law before. This can make the experience even more stressful and frightening.
But there is help! At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our legal team has the experience and strategies required to help you minimize the negative consequences of a DWI arrest, while maximizing your chances of seeing a favorable case conclusion. But it’s important to seek help immediately. The sooner you hire a DWI lawyer, the better your chances are of seeing a positive outcome.
If you or a loved one were arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of another substance in Dallas, Plano or a nearby area, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free and fully confidential consultation session. Call (972) 422-9999.
Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns Following a DWI Arrest in Collin County
It’s normal to be frightened following a DWI arrest, especially if you’ve never been on the wrong side of the law before. The experience may be especially distressing for drivers who were arrested for taking their prescribed medication exactly as the doctor ordered.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we believe by answering your questions and addressing your concerns, we can help to minimize some of the fear and stress that you’re experiencing. So we have compiled an overview of the most common questions concerning DWI arrests in Texas.
Is DWI a Misdemeanor or Felony in Collin County?
The severity of the charge will vary depending upon factors such as your criminal history (specifically, if you have prior DWI charges), whether you had a child in the vehicle or whether another person was injured or killed.
Many first-time DWI offenders are charged with a Class B misdemeanor, while repeat offenders are far more likely to be charged with a felony.
Even first offenders can be charged with a felony DWI if there was a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle; if another person was seriously injured; or if another person was killed as a result of your alleged actions.
What’s the Legal Limit for Alcohol in Texas?
Like many states, Texas has a few different blood alcohol content (BAC) limits.
For a driver age 21 or older, the BAC limit is .08.
For a driver under age 21, the BAC limit is .02.
For a commercial driver, the BAC limit is .04.
Will I Lose My License if I’m Arrested for Drunk Driving?
Many clients are understandably concerned about the possibility of losing their driver’s license due to a DUI. The general rule is that your license will be suspended if you register with a BAC of .08 or higher on a test, if you refuse testing or if you are convicted.
Texas has implied consent laws for chemical tests, so if you refuse to take the test, you typically face a fine and an automatic 180-day license suspension for a first offense or two years for a second or third offense.
Typically, the administrative license revocation begins 40 days after you’re notified. It’s typical to receive notification when you are arrested. The suspension typically last 90 days for first-time offenders. If your license is suspended, you typically need to pay a reinstatement fee in order to get your driving privileges restored.
But it is possible to avoid losing your license after a DWI by requesting an administrative hearing, which will be conducted by the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings. Our law firm can help you request a hearing, but you must act soon because you only have 15 days to make the request! Your DWI lawyer can help guide you through this process, in addition to representing you during court proceedings.
What are the Texas DWI Penalties? Will I Have to Go to Jail for a DWI?
Many clients are understandably concerned about the potential for jail time, but this where you can benefit from having an experienced attorney to defend your case.
For a first-time DWI offense, jail time is possible (the range is 3 to 180 days), but the judge may opt for probation instead. It’s typical to be court-ordered to complete a DWI education program and a rehab evaluation. You may also be sentenced to perform community service and/or pay a fine of up to $2,000 (unless there was a child under age 15 in the vehicle. This carries a higher fine.)
It’s also common for first-time DWI offenders to face a license suspension between 90 to 365 days and higher insurance premiums. Drivers who are convicted of a first offense are typically required to pay a $1,000 annual fee for three years – a DWI surcharge as part of the Driver Responsibility Program with the Texas Department of Transportation. The fee is increased to $2,000 annually for drivers with a BAC of .16 or greater. Failure to pay this fee within 30 days can result in license revocation.
In cases where a first-time offender had a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater, it’s common for the courts to order the installation of an ignition interlock device. An IID is standard for subsequent offenses.
Generally, subsequent offenses tend to carry far more serious penalties. But your attorney will work hard to bring about the best possible outcome to your case.
What Type of DUI Cases Does Your Law Firm Handle?
Our law firm defends clients who are accused of many different DUI-related crimes, including:
First-time DWI offenses
Second offense DWI
Third offense DWI/felony DWI
DUI cases involving a minor
Many clients also have concerns about the cost of hiring a DUI lawyer. Each case is unique in terms of complexity and the amount of time and work required to resolve the matter. So we review each case individually to provide you with an accurate idea of cost.
Trust Our Texas DWI Defense Lawyers to Represent Your Case
If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you have a lot at stake. The loss of your driving privileges alone can, in turn, result in the loss of your job and an inability to provide for your family. The consequences can be costly, taking a toll in many areas of your life.
With over 20 years of experience, the elite legal team at The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass will fight aggressively to help you maintain your driving privileges, your freedom, and your good reputation. Our practice founder has also served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG), in addition to achieving an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. We have defended cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court, so we know precisely what it takes to launch a successful and highly strategic defense.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DWI in Dallas, Plano, or the surrounding region, contact the defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation. Call (972) 422-9999.
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