Under Texas law, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense. Those arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) face an automatic driver’s license suspension and could face jail time, probation, and other penalties if convicted.
At Eddington Worley, our attorneys know how prosecutors try these cases and the evidence they use to prove their case. Our team can help counter this evidence and fight to clear your name. We can review your case today, getting started on building a solid defense strategy that could help you avoid significant penalties. The sooner you enlist our help, the sooner we can go to work for you.
Call our Laredo DWI lawyers today at 855-600-6695 to learn more about our services and how we can help you fight the charges against you.
Our Team Takes on All Types of Texas DWI Cases
If Laredo police stopped you and cited you for a DWI-related offense, our team can handle your case. We go beyond drunk driving arrests and accidents to help clients who face any type of drunk driving or drugged driving charge in Texas. We commonly see clients who:
- Refused to submit to breath or blood testing
- Failed a breath or blood test
- Refused to submit to testing and then failed a mandatory test
- Refused to submit to a test and were under the age of 21
- Failed a breath or blood test and were under the age of 21
Each of these situations calls for different charges, and the prosecution will likely approach them in a different manner. With more than 20 years protecting people’s rights, we have seen many of these cases and understand the most common ways prosecutors try to prove each type of case.
Criminal Penalties Following a Laredo DWI Conviction
The sentence you receive if convicted of a Laredo drunk driving or drugged driving charge depends on many factors, including:
- Your age
- Any previous DWI or refusal to submit arrests
- Aggravating or mitigating circumstances
The judge who presides over the case has a lot of leeway in determining the right consequences based on the facts of the case. In general, someone who is over the age of 21 and has never faced a DWI conviction before may receive:
- Mandatory attendance in a state-approved alcohol education program
- A driver’s license suspension of up to two years
- Jail time, especially for repeat offenders
There will likely also be additional fallout in the aftermath of a DWI conviction. This could include:
- Losing your commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Losing your job, especially if it requires you to drive company vehicles
- Needing to pay for an ignition interlock device, if required
- The cost of attending an Alcohol Education Program
- Dramatic increase in your car insurance rates
If possible, it is best to avoid getting accused of drunk driving in the first place. Your arrest could cost you thousands and could continue to impact your life for several years to come. Our team will work to mitigate the effect your arrest has on your everyday life.
If you are facing a DWI charge, our Laredo DWI lawyers can help. Contact our legal team today at 855-600-6695.
Civil Penalties After Your Laredo DWI Arrest
If police cite you for a DWI offense in Texas, you will face a driver’s license suspension even if you are not convicted in criminal court. There is an automatic Administrative License Revocation (ALR) that occurs any time police arrest someone for failing a breath or blood test or refusing to submit to a test in Texas. You only have 15 days following an arrest to challenge your ALR, but we can submit the request for you if there is enough time to do so.
Your ALR period will begin 40 days after your arrest unless you request an appeal hearing in writing. We recommend all our clients challenge their ALR. This requires the Texas Department of Public Safety to present their evidence and the case against you and prove why you deserve the ALR. Even if we cannot win your case, we can gain insight into the case against you.
Let Us Put a Strong Defense Strategy in Place for You
For more than 20 years, our team has helped people when they felt most alone. We know facing DWI charges is scary and stressful, so we are here for you. Newsweek named our lead attorney, McDonald “Don” Worley, one of the best trial lawyers in the country in 2012 and Time magazine hailed him as one of the nation’s legal leaders the following year.
We can go to work immediately by reviewing the facts of your case and developing a solid strategy to counter the evidence the prosecution will try to use against you. We can challenge improper traffic stops, analyze problems with breath and blood testing, and take other steps to get the charges dropped or reduced, or otherwise get a more favorable outcome in your case.
Depending on the details of your case, we may be able to:
- Stop the district attorney from filing charges
- Get the district attorney to drop the charges
- Reach a plea deal to reduce the charges you face
- Fight for an acquittal in court
- Negotiate a sentence that better suits your needs
We can also help you understand if you are eligible for an occupational license. If so, we can petition the court for this limited-privilege license that allows you to drive to work or school despite your ALR or another license suspension.
Talk to a Laredo DWI Lawyer Today
If you face allegations of drunk driving, driving under the influence, refusing to submit to testing, or other related charges, the Laredo DWI defense team from Eddington Worley can help. Let us review your case and begin putting a solid defense strategy in place today.
Call us at 855-600-6695 to learn more about our services or to get started right away.