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If you are facing DWI charges in the state of Texas, you are likely anxious and stressed about your future. If you believe you really were not driving while intoxicated, you may also be feeling frustrated and angry. When you are facing DWI charges in the state of Texas, you need a strong legal advocate in your corner. Perhaps you made a single mistake, or perhaps there are extenuating circumstances.
In either case, the judge and jury will never hear your side of the story unless you have an experienced Houston DWI attorney presenting that story and fighting for your future. The majority of those arrested for DWI in the state of Texas are hard-working individuals with no criminal history. And while a first or second DWI arrest in the state are misdemeanor offenses, a third or subsequent DWI conviction can be charged as a felony. Whether your charges are misdemeanor or felony charges, there are serious penalties to consider, including:
- Suspension of your driver’s license;
- Time behind bars;
- Installation of an ignition interlock device;
- Fines and fees;
- Enhanced penalties if there was an accident and a person was injured or killed;
- Collateral consequences, such as extremely high insurance premiums or cancellation of auto insurance, the inability to keep a job or obtain a new job, the inability to obtain a professional license, and, in the case of a felony conviction, the inability to vote, own a firearm, or obtain a government student loan.
In short, a DWI conviction in Texas carries much more than jail and fines—although those are very serious in and of themselves. A DWI conviction is baggage you carry with you for the remainder of your life. Fighting your DWI is your very best option and having a solid legal professional to defend your charges, your rights, and your future, is crucial.
DWIs are Defensible - It is vitally important to remember that even when there is alleged evidence which demonstrates you were driving while intoxicated, your DWI is defensible. Further, you are innocent until proven guilty, and there must be a preponderance of evidence which proves that guilt. Your Harris County DWI attorney will work hard to weaken the case the State has compiled against you, with a goal of preventing a conviction, or, at the very least, obtaining lesser penalties for your offense.
Although DWIs are criminal charges, not just any criminal attorney can properly defend these charges. DWI is a highly specialized area which requires a thorough understanding of Texas DWI laws, the tests used as “evidence” the policies and practices of law enforcement as it regards DWI offenses, and the court system associated with Texas DWIs. A Texas DWI attorney’s knowledge and insight into DWI law is used to your benefit.
While many DWI attorneys simply want to reach a quick plea deal, you need a Houston DWI attorney who will never negotiate a plea deal unless it is absolutely in your best interests. Your DWI attorney will look for flaws and issues related to your DWI charges, whether that involves close scrutiny of the initial stop, the field sobriety tests, the breathalyzer test or the blood test. While every DWI case is unique, requiring a specific strategy for a positive outcome, some of the general defenses used by experienced DWI attorneys include:
- Blood test challenges, whether that includes the chain of command, or the legality of taking the blood in the first place;
- A determination of whether there was probable cause for the initial stop—whether you committed a specific traffic offense which gave the officer reason to believe you were inebriated and whether your constitutional rights were violated;
- Representation at your ALR hearing with a goal of retaining your driving privileges as well as garnering evidence at the hearing which will help in your criminal DWI case;
- Field sobriety test challenges based on your individual characteristics;
- Breath test challenges based on proper maintenance or calibration of the machine, the officer’s ability to administer the test and a number of other issues;
- Entering motions in court to suppress evidence or exclude specific testimony from a witness, and
- Using the police report to potentially challenge the recollection of the arresting officer or determine whether the law was properly followed.
How a Sullo & Sullo Houston DWI Attorney Can Defend Your Charges - Harris County DWI attorneys from Sullo & Sullo are highly experienced and highly knowledgeable when it comes to defending DWI charges. We will ensure the jury is held accountable to the legal principle that you are innocent until proven guilty. We have the appropriate skillset to allow us to be strong negotiators when necessary, and aggressive litigators when warranted.
While we will certainly negotiate on your behalf, we will always be prepared for trial. In short, we are totally committed and extremely qualified to defend your DWI charges. Our goal will be to help you avoid Harris County jail, as well as Harris County criminal records whenever possible. Do not face your Houston DWI charges on your own—contact a Sullo & Sullo attorney today.