If the police arrested you for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or another alcohol-related offense in Texas, it is important you take this seriously. Texas has strong drunk driving laws in place, and a DWI conviction could mean jail time, fines, and probation, and suspension of your driver’s license.
At Eddington Worley Attorneys, your Cinco Ranch DWI lawyer is ready to go to work for you. We can review the circumstances of your arrest and develop a strong defense strategy in your case. We will be by your side during every court appearance and represent your best interests and rights. Call us today to get started. We can take your call right now at (855) 600-6695.
Eddington Worley Attorneys Takes on All Types of Texas DWI and Drunk Driving Cases
The Eddington Worley Attorneys team understands how Texas’ drunk driving laws work. We can review the charges against you and will investigate your case to identify any ways the police violated your rights or made mistakes.
We can take on your drunk driving, drugged driving, or refusal to submit case. This includes:
- If you refused to submit to breath or blood testing
- If you failed a breath or blood test with a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.08%
- If you are under 21 years old and you refused to submit to testing
- If you are under 21 years old and tested positive for any amount of alcohol in your system
- If you are under 21 years old and have a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.08%
We know how prosecutors will approach cases involving traffic stops and accidents, how an open container can affect your case, and what you should expect if you failed a breath or blood test following a serious injury or fatality accident.
Our team has more than 20 years of experience navigating the system on behalf of those facing DWI charges. If you got arrested in Cinco Ranch, TX or elsewhere in Harris or Fort Bend counties, let us go to work on your case.
A DWI Conviction Could Mean Facing Jail and Other Serious Penalties
If you enter a guilty plea or get convicted, the Texas DWI penalties could have a major impact on your everyday life for several years. In addition to an administrative license suspension, they could suspend your driver license for up to two additional years. Other penalties may include:
- Attendance in a 12-hour alcohol education program
- Jail time
On your first DWI offense in Texas, the court can probate your jail time. Instead of serving a minimum of 72 hours, you could face regular meetings with a probation officer and following conditions the judge sets on your behavior. This may include:
- Community service
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol
- Avoiding any further arrests
- Remaining employed or in school
If you get a second conviction for DWI, these penalties increase, and there is no option for a probated sentence. You will need to serve at least the minimum jail sentence required. In addition, there is no limit to the “look-back” period in Texas. This means that a DWI from 20 years ago still counts as a previous offense when it comes to enhancing your charge and facing additional penalties.
Facing Your Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
The first hurdle of a DWI case comes before you ever see a judge. When the police issue you a drunk driving-related citation, you automatically receive an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). The police officer will take your driver license and issue you a temporary permit that allows you to continue driving until your ALR goes into effect.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) oversees this type of revocation, and you will receive this regardless of the outcome of the criminal case against you. Even if you never face charges, a DWI citation means you will lose your license to an ALR.
There are a few things you should know about your ALR:
- It will go into effect 40 days after your arrest unless you challenge it
- You only have 15 days to request a hearing in writing
- You will need to appear before a judge to challenge it
- You can have an attorney represent you during this hearing
We always recommend that our clients challenge their ALR. Unless you have convincing evidence to prove you were not drinking or driving at the time of your arrest, the appeal may not be successful, but regardless you can learn a lot about the case prosecutors have against you during this hearing.
If you enlist our help in time, your DWI lawyer will handle your ALR appeal on your behalf and represent you during this hearing. We can help you understand the rules of this license revocation and may be able to help you get your occupational license, as well.
Eddington Worley Attorney Will Represent You in Your Criminal Case
The team from Eddington Worley Attorneys can help you fight to protect your rights and get a better outcome in your Cinco Ranch DWI case. After reviewing the facts of your case and circumstances that led to your arrest, we will develop a strategy and approach to your case that could lead to dropped charges, reduced charges, reduced penalties, or clearing your name.
Some common strategies we use in DWI cases include:
- Presenting evidence to show our client was not drinking or not driving to convince the prosecution to reduce or drop charges;
- Identifying ways the police violated your rights, often with an unlawful traffic stop;
- Identifying issues with the breath or blood testing equipment or procedure;
- Negotiating a plea deal for reckless driving or another lesser charge; and
- Taking your case to court and arguing for an acquittal.
Let us put a strategy in place and begin working on a more favorable outcome in your case today.
Talk to a Cinco Ranch DWI Lawyer
If the police cited or arrested you, or if you face charges of a drunk driving offense in Cinco Ranch, TX, the team from Eddington Worley Attorneys is here to help. There is no reason to fight this alone. Call us today at (855) 600-6695.