Texas DWI Defense Attorney Offers Advice to First-Time DWI Defendants

If you have never been charged with DWI, you have probably never thought much about DWI defense. However, since any driver is at risk of being charged with DWI any time they drive anywhere, whether or not they are intoxicated, it is a good for drivers to know what to do if they are charged with driving while intoxicated.

Perhaps the most important thing that drivers should know about DWI charges is that they should get help from a DWI defense attorney as soon after their arrest as is possible. The sooner you get an attorney the better, because criminal charges like DWI can have far-reaching effects on your day to day life for an extended period of time, even if you are not convicted. You have rights, and your DWI defense attorney can work to protect them. Your attorney can also help you understand the charges that have been brought against you. Perhaps even more importantly, your attorney can look at the facts of your case and formulate a defense strategy that they may be able to use to get the charges against you dismissed or your penalties reduced. In some cases, this means that the attorney speaks with the prosecutor to pursue a plea bargain, or some other alternative to a trial. Once your attorney has an idea of which defense strategies they may be able to implement in your DWI case, they can help you understand your options.

If you are a first-time DWI defendant, you may be wondering how you will find the DWI defense attorney that is right for you. It is a good idea to speak with a few experienced DWI defense attorneys about your case, and choose the attorney that you feel the most comfortable with. It is essential that the attorney that you choose be experienced in handling DWI defense cases, because a thorough knowledge of the laws that deal with DWI and experience with presenting defenses against DWI charges for various clients in different sets of circumstances increases your chance of obtaining the best possible outcome in your DWI case.

First-time DWI defendants should also know the difference between a public defender and private counsel, because they may qualify for the services of a public defender. A public defender is an attorney who is paid by the state to provide legal assistance to defendants who cannot afford private attorneys. However, even if you qualify for representation by a public defender, you may want to try to gather the necessary resources to retain private counsel. The reason for this is that unfortunately, public defenders have much less control over their case load than private counsel do so many of them have very large caseloads, which translates into very little time for them to devote to each of their cases.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has been serving Dallas area DWI clients for over thirty years. Call his office today, at 214-521-4567, to learn more.

 

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