Driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Waco can land you in jail, cost you thousands of dollars, and take away your driver’s license for up to two years. You do not want to try to fight these charges on your own. If you got arrested for drunk or drugged driving in Waco, Texas, Eddington Worley is here for you. We can protect your rights and build a strong defense on your behalf.
Our team is standing by to take your call today at 855-600-6695. With us by your side, you will know what to expect every step of the way. If police just arrested a member of your family on suspicion of DWI, we can step in immediately. Do not hesitate to call us.
We Take On All Types Of Waco, Texas, Drunk Driving Cases
While many of our clients face similar charges stemming from an alleged drunk or drugged driving incident, each case has its own facts and circumstances. No matter the story behind your arrest, our team can help. We handle all types of drunk driving and drugged driving cases. This includes:
- Refusal to submit to breath or blood testing
- Failed breath or blood tests
- Minors under the legal drinking age of 21
- Illegal DWI checkpoint stops
- Open container violations
- Failed breath or blood tests following an injury accident
- Failed breath or blood tests following a fatal accident
When we accept your case, we will discuss the circumstances of your traffic stop or accident and arrest. We will obtain a copy of the arrest report and collect other evidence if it is available. We will use the facts of your case to begin to develop a defense strategy on your behalf. We may be able to argue for a more favorable outcome in your case.
Penalties Associated With a Waco, TX, DWI Conviction
We recommend having a Waco DWI attorney on your side because the potential penalties you could receive if convicted of a first-time DWI could impact your life in significant ways. Losing your driver’s license could cost you your job or force you to quit school. You may have to make other arrangements for your children to get home from school. In addition to a driver’s license suspension that could last up to two years, you may need to:
- Attend a 12-hour Alcohol Education Program
- Spend time in jail
- Pay fines
In many cases, we may be able to get the judge to probate the jail time for a first DWI offense. Probation as an alternative to jail time requires you to follow strict terms for a set period. The terms of probation vary but commonly include:
- Community service
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol
- Not committing any other crimes
- Keeping in regular contact with a probation officer
If you receive a second conviction for DWI in Texas, the penalties increase, and there is no way to probate your full jail sentence. Several convictions may result in a felony DWI charge with mandatory prison time.
Understanding the Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
Everyone who police cite for DWI or a related offense in Texas receives an automatic Administrative License Revocation (ALR). This is true even if you never face charges or if you win your case in court. The only way to avoid the ALR is to file an appeal and successfully challenge the allegations.
You only have 15 days after your arrest to request an appeal. If you do not take this step on time, your ALR will go into effect on the 40th day following your arrest. We can help you with this process and represent you during the hearing.
During the hearing, the arresting officer will need to present evidence to show why you received a citation for DWI. Even if you lose the appeal, this gives us an excellent opportunity to learn more about the evidence they will try to use against you in court.
Let Eddington Worley Develop a Strong Defense Strategy in Your Waco DWI Case
The DWI lawyers from Eddington Worley have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of our clients. We will stand by you and provide aggressive representation in your Waco, Texas, DWI case. We will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and develop a strong defense strategy based on the facts of your case.
While no two cases are the same, some of the common ways we may be able to get a more favorable outcome in your case include:
- Presenting evidence to get charges reduced or dropped
- Identifying an illegal traffic stop or another way the police violated your rights
- Identifying problems with the breath or blood alcohol content testing equipment or procedure
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge and fewer penalties
- Going to court and arguing for an acquittal
- Requesting a reduced or probated sentence
In many cases, the ALR and driver’s license suspension are the most concerning penalties associated with this type of charge. If you fear you could lose your job or have to quit school, we may be able to petition for an occupational license on your behalf after your case is over. Call us at 855-600-6695 to learn more.
Talk to a Waco DWI Lawyer About Your Case Today
If you face a DWI or related charges in Waco, Texas, or greater McLennan County, Texas, you do not have to fight the allegations on your own. The team from Eddington Worley is here to help. We can protect your rights from immediately after your arrest through to the end of your trial, if necessary. Let us get started on building a solid defense to the charges you face today.
Call us at 855-600-6695 to discuss your case with a member of our team serving Waco, Texas, the surrounding areas.