Driving While Intoxicated
If you are arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), it is important that you understand your rights and what to expect throughout the legal process. Having a qualified, knowledgeable attorney on your side is crucial to the outcome of your case.
I have 14 years of experience handling DWI cases in Austin. You need an attorney who understands how to find facts that can be used in your favor and who has a long history of successful negotiations with prosecutors. Many DWI cases can be dismissed and reduced. I am extremely proud of our track record – see a list of our recent DWI dismissals.
My goal is to have your charge dismissed and get your driver’s license back. I investigate all the details of your case and evaluate all police reports and videos to build the best legal defense strategy for you. I have never been a police officer or prosecutor and have devoted my career to defending people accused of crimes.
Call us today to discuss your case and find out how we can help.
Interested in learning more about DWI arrests? An Insider’s Guide to Austin DWI Charges is a fly-on-the-wall look at the motivations of the major characters (police, prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys) in a typical DWI arrest. The book provides guidance for anyone unfortunate enough to be be arrested for DWI – and through its descriptions of the agonizing process – encourages vigilance in all drivers to avoid a DWI.
Q: One of my friends/family was arrested for DWI. Will they get out of jail automatically?
A: Some people are eligible for a personal bond, but this often takes 24 hours or more. I can usually speed up the process significantly. And trust me, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible.
Q: Can a DWI get dismissed?
A: Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest. Was there an accident? Did the driver take the Breathalyzer test? Did the driver take the field sobriety tests? How does the driver look in the video? All of these are factors that need to be taken into consideration.
Q: Will my driver’s license be suspended?
A: Most likely. But there are ways to postpone the suspension and it is possible to win the ALR hearing, so the license is not suspended at all. You only have 15 days from the date of arrest to request an ALR hearing. You can do this by yourself, but it is more reliable to have an attorney do it.
Q: Can I drive if my license is suspended?
A: Most people qualify for an occupational license. This license will allow you to drive twelve hours a day. It will have certain restrictions on it, but most people can get by just fine.
Q: When should I hire an attorney?
A: Right away. Occasionally, there are time sensitive issues that must be addressed, such as tracking down witnesses. A good DWI attorney will also advise you on how to deal with some of the peripheral issues, such as alcohol classes and your driver’s license.
Q: How seriously does Travis County take DWIs?
Very seriously. However, this doesn’t mean that they will be out to get you.
Q: I didn’t take the breathalyzer. Will my case be dismissed?
A: It depends on the circumstances of your arrest. Before the prosecutors dismiss a case, they will closely examine the arrest video and the police officer’s offense report. Getting a case dismissed is not easy. Of course, you always have a right to a jury trial.
Q: What is a reduction?
A: A reduction is when someone pleads guilty to obstruction of a highway or reckless driving instead of a DWI (which is dismissed). This usually requires probation on the reduced charge. The prosecutor must voluntarily offer a reduction as a plea bargain. In order for them to consider this, you must look very close to sober on the video.