DWI Defense

Traffic Stop - Sobriety Test
Motorist trying to walk a straight line while a police officer looks on.

More people are arrested for DWI in San Antonio than any other crime. It happens to people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the city. Despite the number of people arrested each year for DWI and all of the people who do not get caught, having a DWI conviction has serious consequences.

If you are being charged with DWI, you need a serious lawyer who has experience defending clients charged with DWI. Any attorney can get the standard offer in your case. You need an attorney who can truly evaluate your case, looking at more than what the police report says or what the video shows, and letting you know whether you should take your case to trial.

I have been named one of the best DWI defense attorneys in town and have the experience required to properly defend you.

It’s important that you contact me immediately. In addition to the DWI charge, DPS is probably trying to suspend your drivers license. If you refused a blood or breath test or consented to the blood or breath test and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, DPS will try to suspend your drivers license.

A DWI conviction has several serious consequences. In addition to the punishment assessed by the court, DPS will assess a surcharge of $3000-$6000 to keep your drivers license, your license could be suspended, if you are ever arrested for DWI again, the penalty would be enhanced to a class A misdemeanor or a felony for a third DWI, your insurance rates will increase, and the conviction may impact your ability to get a job or obtain housing.

In many cases, it is possible to keep a DWI conviction off of your record. If you have never been arrested before, were not involved in an accident, and have a BAC of below .15, the district attorney’s office will frequently offer for you to plea to Obstruction of a Highway instead of pleading to DWI. There are several benefits to this, including being able to seal your record.

A DWI conviction has several consequences. A DWI is a class B misdemeanor and the range of punishment is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2000 fine. A second DWI is enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor with up to a year in jail, and a third DWI is a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.

 

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