Houston DWI Defense Lawyers
Charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Texas?
In the state of Texas, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content
(BAC) that is at or above the legal limit.
Texas BAC limits vary for different types of drivers:
- Driver age 21 or older - .08%
- Driver under the age of 21 - .02%
- Driver with a commercial license - .04%
Impairment is generally proven based on the use of standardized field sobriety
tests - such as the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand and horizontal gaze nystagmus
tests - and by other observations made by the law enforcement officer.
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated based on either
of these grounds, you are at risk of being subjected to a harsh sentence
in the event that you are convicted. It is important to enlist the representation
of an experienced
criminal defense firm as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected.
Texas Drunk Driving Penalties
The penalties for a first-time drunk driving offense includes up to $2,000
in fines, a jail sentence of between 3 and 180 days, a driver's license
suspension lasting up to a full year and license surcharge fees totaling
up to $6,000 over the course of the coming 3 years. There are tougher penalties for
a repeat offense or for aggravating factors, such as up to 2 years in
jail and a $10,000 fine if you were driving with a passenger younger than
the age of 15 or if your blood alcohol concentration was especially high.
Beyond these penalties, you would also face a future of living with a
criminal record, a fact which can make it difficult or even impossible
to find suitable housing or employment.
Steps to Take After a DWI Arrest in Houston
The first thing you must do following an arrest for DWI is to schedule an
administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing
. You have only 15 days to do this, and it is your first opportunity to
fight to avoid a driver's license suspension. In fact, failure to
request an ALR hearing will lead to an automatic suspension of between
90 days and 2 years regardless of whether you succeed in challenging the
It is in your best interests to fight the case even if the evidence against
you seems to be overwhelming; with proven DWI defense strategies it is
often possible to have charges dismissed based on the fact that the evidence
is unreliable or that the suspect's rights were violated in the course
of the investigation. Take action now and
contact Guerra & Farah, PLLC for a free consultation with a Houston DUI lawyer from
our team! We can stand by you at every stage of the case, from the ALR hearing
through to the final conclusion, and we are prepared to work tirelessly
on your behalf.
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