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What You Should Know About A DWI

A Momentary Offense With Serious Impact

Tolbert LawDriving while impaired can be an embarrassing charge. You may think that your best option is to cooperate with the authorities, and hope that they will be lenient in sentencing. However, that is not always the case. DWI charges in Texas can have severe consequences: even a first DWI offense can have a fine up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail. If you are considered a repeat offender, penalties may increase, including license suspension or revocation. Such an outcome may be preventable, however, with skilled representation.

Getting The Outcome That Is Right For You

When you are facing a DWI or DUI charge, it can be scary. You may be unfamiliar with the system and law enforcement and prosecutors may be trying to bully you into a plea that you actually do not deserve. There are a few things you should know to protect yourself.

  • Call a lawyer immediately. Your best option is to call a lawyer as soon as possible. In Texas, you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test in the field. This may lead to you being arrested and taken to the police station, as well as a license suspension for 180 days. At this point, call a lawyer, and they can advise you how to proceed. Your lawyer may be able to get the suspended license removed, as well as help you protect yourself.
  • Do not discuss your case with anyone without your lawyer's presence or knowledge. This is true of nearly any type of legal case. You should never talk about your case with the police, or even secondary figures such as insurance adjusters, without your lawyer present or knowing. This can lead to you accidentally making incriminating statements that will hurt your case later.
  • Be aware of your alternative options. In some cases, your lawyer may be able to suggest an alternative to common DWI penalties like prison or fines, such as a rehab program. Your lawyer can help you find out if this may be an option for you.

No matter your situation, having a lawyer on your side that believes in you and will not give in to the prosecutors is of the utmost importance. You deserve someone who will fight for you.

Talk To A Seasoned DWI Attorney Today

At Tolbert Law, we are dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality representation. Whatever your situation, our team can help. To arrange an initial meeting, call our Austin office at 512-474-2355 or our Ft. Worth office at 817-502-1506 today.

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