If police in Abilene, Texas, accused you of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and you received a citation, you should enlist the help of a drunk driving attorney as soon as possible. While you could represent yourself, there is no reason why you need to face this alone.
At Eddington Worley, our team offers not only legal representation but the support and guidance you need to reduce your stress and anxiety. We know how stressful this can be, and we will be with you fighting for you every step of the way. We can go to work protecting your rights immediately or offer a free consultation to discuss the services we offer. Call us today at 855-600-6695 to get started.
Eddington Worley Can Take On Your Abilene, Texas, DWI Case
Drunk and drugged driving arrests happen in a wide range of ways and under many circumstances. No matter what led to your arrest and citation, our team can handle your case. We take on all types of DWIs and related cases in Taylor and Jones counties. We know how to fight any type of allegation, including:
- Refusing to submit to breath or blood testing after a traffic stop
- Failing a breath or blood test after a traffic stop
- Failing a breath or blood test after stopping at a checkpoint
- Refusing to submit or failing a test while under the legal drinking age
- Open container violations
- Intoxication assault
- Intoxication manslaughter
- Repeat DWI violations
- DWI with a child passenger
Potential Consequences of an Abilene, Texas, DWI Conviction
The possible penalties associated with a Texas DWI conviction could cause a significant disruption in your life. You could lose your job, lose an occupational license, or have to quit school. If you have a previous DWI on your record, no matter how long ago, the consequences you face may include mandatory jail time.
For a first offense, you could face:
- Mandatory enrollment in a 12-hour Alcohol Education Program
- A driver’s license suspension of up to two years
- Time in a county jail
First-time offenders may qualify for a probated sentence if the judge in your case agrees. Probation allows you to agree to follow certain rules set by the court for a specific period in lieu of completing the sentence you received.
For example, if the judge sentenced you to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine but probated this part of your sentence, you would not have to go to jail or pay the fine as long as you followed certain terms. While these terms can vary widely, they commonly include:
- Completing community service
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol
- No involvement in any other crimes
- Reporting regularly to a probation officer
As long as you follow the terms for the set period, you will not have to complete the probated part of your sentence. However, if you violate the terms of your probation, the judge can send you to jail immediately to complete your original sentence.
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
In addition to the driver’s license suspension if convicted of a DWI, everyone who receives a citation faces an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). This license revocation occurs automatically when a law enforcement officer writes a ticket for a DWI or many related offenses.
Your ALR will begin 40 days after the date on your citation regardless of the outcome of your criminal case. However, we encourage you to challenge this revocation of your driving privileges. Even if you do not win the appeal, you will get a sneak peek at the evidence the prosecution will try to use against you in your criminal case.
It is imperative you act quickly to file this challenge. You only have 15 days following an arrest to request an appeal hearing. We can help you with this process and represent you during the hearing.
Let Eddington Worley Go to Work on Your Abilene, TX, DWI Case
When you call us about your Abilene, Texas, DWI case, we will launch an investigation into the circumstances of your arrest. Once we have a better understanding of the facts of your case, we can design a defense strategy that takes into account the specific details of what happened.
For more than 20 years, the attorneys from Eddington Worley have built strong cases to fight for a more favorable outcome for our clients. While every DWI arrest is different and your defense is likely to stem from the unique circumstances of your case, some common ways we can get a favorable outcome for our clients include:
- Presenting evidence we uncovered and getting charges reduced or dismissed
- Proving the police stopped you illegally or collected evidence in a way that violated your rights
- Identifying issues with the breath or blood testing equipment or the procedure used
- Negotiating a plea deal, and having you plead guilty to a lesser charge
- Representing you in court and presenting the facts of your case
- Requesting a probated sentence
Talk to an Abilene DWI Lawyer Today
If you face DWI charges or received a citation for a related offense in Abilene, Texas, the DWI criminal defense attorneys from Eddington Worley are here to help. We also serve clients in greater Taylor and Jones counties, as well as other areas of Texas.
We can go to work today protecting your rights and standing beside you in front of the judge. We will fight the allegations you face and pursue the most favorable outcome possible based on the facts of your case.
Call us today at 855-600-6695 to learn more.