DWI Defense

In Texas, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), is both a traffic and criminal violation.  A DWI conviction can result in substantial fines, a jail sentence, and the suspension of your driver’s license.  It may also lead to higher insurance rates, the inability to rent a car and job loss.  Because a DWI is considered a serious offense under Texas law, it pays to have a seasoned criminal defense attorney on your side.  

A DWI charge occurs if you operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .008 or higher.  It is a Class B Misdemeanor, with a minimum term of imprisonment of 72 hours.  There are two components to a DWI charge: the criminal case and the administrative case that may result in your license being revoked. You have just 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest to request a hearing regarding driver’s license suspension.  

Alcohol-Related Crimes in Texas

Texas law provides serious penalties for a number of alcohol-related crimes.  

This includes:

  • Public Intoxication: a Class C misdemeanor, public intoxication is defined as a person being intoxicated in a public place to a degree that they may endanger themselves or others.
  • DWI with Child: a state jail felony, DWI with Child may be charged if a person is driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age in the car.  Even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of .08, the police may charge you with this crime if you are unable to operate a vehicle safely.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI): a person may be charged with DUI if they are over 18 but under the legal drinking age of 21, and operated a motor vehicle with any detectable alcohol in their system.
  • Boating While Intoxicated (BWI): This crime occurs when a person operates a watercraft with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.  It is a Class B misdemeanor.
  • DWI Intoxication Assault: If you are operating a vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or amusement park ride while intoxicated and cause serious bodily injury, you may be charged with this third degree felony.  
  • DWI Intoxication Manslaughter: similar to DWI Intoxication Assault, DWI Intoxication Manslaughter is charged when a person operates a vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or amusement park ride while intoxicated and causes the death of another person.  It is a second degree felony.
  • DWI Enhanced Penalties: you may be subjected to enhanced penalties if you commit DWI with Child, DWI Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter.  

Each of these crimes carries the possibility of jail time, in addition to high penalties and fines.  

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What to Do If You Are Charged With a DWI

If you are charged with DWI or other alcohol-related crime, remain calm.  Do not plead guilty! A skilled DWI defense attorney can work with you to have the charges or sentence against you either reduced or dismissed. If you have been accused of any of the following offenses, a DWI defense attorney may be able to help:

  • Public Intoxication
  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Intoxication Manslaughter

If you are being held on an alcohol-related charge in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant or Rockwell Counties, call our office immediately at 214-282-0035 for an emergency jail release. We will post bond at the jail for you to be released, if possible, and will represent you on the criminal charges.  

Consequences of a DWI Conviction

For most people, a DWI offense is their first experience with the criminal justice system.  A DWI conviction can have a serious impact on your life, including the possibility of jail time, fines, surcharges, community service and a loss of driving privileges. It can also cause car insurance premiums to dramatically increase — or permit their insurance company to drop them completely.  Because DWI and other alcohol-related offenses can have such negative consequences on your life, it is incredibly important that you contact a skilled Texas DWI defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested or charged. In many cases, the Law Office of Chad West can provide a bond to get you released from jail in Dallas and the surrounding counties, and then can represent you and potentially have the charges either dismissed or reduced. Working with an attorney can help you on a potential deal with the prosecution, that would focus on getting help so that you are not at risk of committing another DWI offense. We can also assist clients with Driver’s License Suspension hearings, known as ALR hearings.

DWI Defense Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

If you have been arrested for DWI or another alcohol-related offense in Texas, contact the Law Office of Chad West.  Our team of attorneys is seasoned at handling DWI cases, and will aggressively represent you to protect your legal rights and freedom. We offer free consultations on DWI cases, and are available to provide emergency jail release services in the Dallas area.