Have you recently been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas? If so, you are likely unsure of what will happen next. Some questions you may have include: What are my chances at getting the case dismissed? Will my license be suspended, if so for how long? How long will the court process take? Will I have to go to trial? When facing a DWI charge many factors come into play, such as why the initial stop was made, performance on the standard field sobriety tests, and whether or you submitted or refused to a test of your breath or blood.
In the State of Texas a 1st time DWI offense is a class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and a fine of up to $2,000.00. Shortly after you are arrested you will see the judge who will set a bond amount. In some counties, such as Travis County for example, you may be eligible for a personal bond, which can be obtained with the help of our attorneys. Once released on bond you will receive a court date for you and/or your attorney to appear. During the court dates (often referred to as pretrial or announcement settings) your attorney will have the opportunity to meet with the prosecutors and request discovery (police reports, videos, blood and breath test results). After you review the evidence and have the opportunity to evaluate the case you then must decide whether to take the case to trial or whether you will negotiate a plea bargain. A typical plea on a 1st time DWI offense can include probation, community service, classes, DWI court, jail time, fines and court costs. A typical DWI jury trial lasts 1-3 days and during the trial you will have an opportunity to question the officers and to challenge any evidence presented by the state. The prosecution must prove all elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
A DWI conviction can bring serious consequences and every case is different which is why it is important to have an experienced DWI lawyer on your side to guide you through this process and to help evaluate your case. At our firm we bring experience to the table and provide zealous representation to put your mind at ease and get you the best result possible. Contact us today for your free consultation.