Tough, Tenacious Defense Against Texas DWI Charges
Alcohol use is very common, which is, in part, why drunk driving is one of the most frequently charged criminal offenses in Texas and nationwide. While drinking and driving was once considered a minor offense, things have changed significantly in recent decades. Depending on the details of the case, a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can result in steep fines, jail time, loss of your license and other penalties.
If you’ve been charged with DWI in the San Antonio metro area, contact Sparks Law Office, PLLC. I am firm founder Brittany Sparks, a defense attorney who previously served as an assistant prosecutor in the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. I know how the state builds cases against those accused of drunk driving, and I will use this knowledge and my courtroom experience to protect your rights and defend your freedom.
Factors Influencing DWI Charges And Sentencing
The specific consequences associated with a drunk driving conviction will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Any previous DWI offenses
- Your measured blood-alcohol content (BAC)
- Whether you refused a BAC test
- Whether you were caught with an open container in the vehicle
- Any aggravating factors such as DWI with a minor passenger in the vehicle
A standard first-offense DWI will generally be charged as a Class B misdemeanor. Penalties for conviction would include spending between 3 and 180 days in jail, a license suspension of at least 90 days and up to $2,000 in fines. You could also be sentenced to probation and required to attend alcohol abuse-related education programs.
Consequences will increase with subsequent DWI charges/convictions and factors like a high BAC (of 0.15% or more). A DWI conviction could bring significant career consequences as well.
How An Attorney Can Help You
You might assume that you have no legal options because you failed a breath-alcohol test. Before you decide to plead guilty, however, contact my firm to discuss the details of your case. You likely have more options than you realize.
A skilled criminal defense attorney can often work quickly to get charges reduced or dismissed if they are unsupported by evidence. They may also be able to help you fight the charges at trial by arguing that the breathalyzer device wasn’t calibrated correctly, the officer committed errors in administering the tests or that police didn’t have a valid reason to pull you over in the first place.
At the very least, a defense lawyer will likely be able to negotiate a much more favorable plea deal than what prosecutors would offer on their own. That may be reason enough to consult a defense attorney. My firm offers free consultations, so you have nothing to lose by exploring your legal options.
Get Started On Your Defense – Contact Me Today
Based in New Braunfels, Sparks Law Office, PLLC, serves clients throughout the San Antonio metro area. To schedule your free initial consultation and inquire about flexible payment arrangements, call 830-579-9334 or submit an online contact form.