Dallas County DWI Attorney Explains Why You Should Not Represent Yourself If You Have Been Arrested For DWI

An arrest for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) can have wide-sweeping ramifications. The legalese involved is difficult to wade through and not easily understood. Procedural rules must be followed to protect your rights. Failure to follow those rules will cause you to miss an opportunity to have your license reinstated or have a judge throw out evidence against you because the police made a mistake. How can you make the police pay for a mistake you do not know they made? The potential penalties you face are very serious. Those penalties include jail time and hefty fines. Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit would stand by your side and fight for you if you were arrested for DWI.

The potential penalties for a DWI conviction are severe. A judge can sentence you to jail for up to one year for a conviction for DWI. Seventy-two hours is the minimum the jail sentence the judge can impose. The judge has the option, depending on whether you have a prior criminal history, to probation instead of jail for a specified term of years. The judge can order you to pay a fine of $4,000. The judge can order you to jail and pay a fine. These are the potential penalties for a first offense DWI, which is a Class B misdemeanor.

The potential penalties increase with the severity of the crime. For instance, driving drunk with a child passenger is called a state jail felony. A judge can sentence you the state jail for up to two years but not less than 180 days. The child passenger need not be your child by lineage but means any passenger 15 years of age or younger.  Having an open container of alcohol in your car while driving drunk is a Class B misdemeanor. The minimum jail sentence is six days, and the maximum sentence is 180 days in jail.

Previous DWI convictions increase potential jail time. A second DWI offense requires the judge to sentence you to 30 days in jail with a maximum of one year. Two previous DWI convictions is a third-degree felony. The judge must sentence you to the state prison for no less than two years and no more than ten years. The convictions are not limited to Texas courts. Any conviction for an alcohol-related offense in the United States suffices for an alcohol-related conviction. The judge can also impose a $10,000 fine.  In addition to incarceration, a person convicted of two prior offenses within a five-year span must install a breathalyzer in their car.

Facing a conviction for DWI, even a first offense, has the potential for disaster. There are defenses to a DWI charge. A seasoned DWI attorney will evaluate your case and determine if there are motions to file that could potentially reduce the evidence against you, or get the case thrown out entirely. For instance, if the police did not have a valid reason to stop you, then the police violated your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Your lawyer can show the judge how the police violated your rights and get all of the evidence of intoxication thrown out. The state cannot go forward if there is no evidence against you. You waive the right to a hearing if you do not file the right motions. Also, your lawyer will work to get your license reinstated. But, you forfeit your right to a hearing on whether you should get your license back if you miss the filing deadline.

Facing A DWI Charge Is Daunting

Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is an experienced and zealous DWI attorney. His track record shows he knows how to win in court. Get a proven winner on your side. Call Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567 today to schedule your consultation.


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