Southlake DWI Attorneys
Standing Up for Your Rights and Challenging DWI Charges
At The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, our criminal defense lawyers can help you when you face DWI accusations in Southlake. Driving under the influence, also known as DWI, of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense under Texas laws. Law enforcement can arrest and charge you with DWI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels are 0.8 or higher. You can also face DWI accusations even if your BAC levels are within the authorized ranges if you are visibly impaired due to drugs or alcohol.
Hiring a reputable DWI attorney as soon as you face charges is vital to building a successful defense. This is especially important as you only have 15 days after the date of your arrest to keep your Texas driver’s license. Our team can quickly and accurately assess your situation and find an appropriate solution to obtain a dismissal of the charges.
Are you facing DWI accusations in Southlake? Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to get started on your defense. Se Habla Español.
What Are the DWI Penalties in Texas?
Two important factors a court considers in a DWI case are if you have any previous DWI offenses and what your BAC levels were at the time of your arrest. Whether it is your first or third offense, the court may require you to attend a DWI educational program and install an ignition interlock device on your motor vehicle.
If this is your first offense can result in up to $2,000 in fines, three days to six months of jail time. The court may also suspect your driver’s license.
Your second offense involves jail time of one to twelve months and up to $4,000 in fines. The judge can suspend your driver’s license for up to two years, and you may need to pay an annual surcharge to get it back.
In the case of a third offense, you can expect up to $10,000 in fines and two to ten years of jail time in state prison. The judge will suspend your driver’s license for up to two years and you may have to pay a yearly surcharge of up to $2,000 to keep your license during the following three years.
Texas recognizes additional DWI crimes, including:
- Posing a threat to someone else, especially a child, due to DWI
- Injuring a member of law enforcement, a firefighter, a first responder, or another emergency medical professional because of DWI
- Driving while your license is invalid due to suspension or revocation, also known as DWLI
No matter the exact nature of your DWI charges, contacting us right away can significantly increase your chances of keeping your driver’s license and getting a court to dismiss the charges against you.
We Offer Creative and Aggressive Legal Options to Protect Your Future
Contesting the reliability and accuracy of breathalyzers, blood tests, or field sobriety tests is often an effective defense approach in Texas. If law enforcement did not properly conduct any of those, the prosecution will not consider the evidence. It can especially happen with breathalyzers that required adequate calibration and maintenance to provide accurate results. Additional factors can interfere with a breathalyzer such as certain medications or diets.
Our attorneys can also choose any of the following defense strategies:
- Proving that your traffic stop happened without reasonable suspicion, which would be a violation of your constitutional rights
- Establishing that there was no probable cause to arrest you
- Showing that law enforcement officers were unprofessional, including unconstitutional search and seizure of your person or property
- Proving that you did not cause an accident that resulted from the DWI
At The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we know how to find an effective legal solution to preserve your rights, freedom, and driver’s license. If you ever face DWI accusations, reach us as soon as possible, so we can get started with your case and conduct our own investigation to obtain a dismissal of charges.Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC , today at (817) 497-8148 to schedule an appointment to build your defense against DWI charges in Southlake. Se Habla Español.
Direct Access To Your Attorney
Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need.
Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.
At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.
Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.