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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.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Elizabeth C. Barr
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor N. Lee
  • Laura E. Richardson
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Honors & Awards Top Young Lawyers in Texas Tarrant County's Top Attorney's Top Attorneys – Fort Worth Magazine - 2008 TO ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Elizabeth C. Barr Elizabeth C. Barr

    Senior Litigator

    Elizabeth C. Barr is a Dallas/Fort Worth native. She attended college at the University of North Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Elizabeth’s eagerness to learn lead her to law school at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school Elizabeth knew she wanted to practice family law.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Litigator

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Konnor N. Lee Konnor N. Lee

    Supervising Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura E. Richardson Laura E. Richardson

    Lead Litigator

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Lead Litigator

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Lead Litigator

    Associate Attorney Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a prosecutor for nine years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Litigator

    Rick Mitchell graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, where he was a two-time member of the Dean’s ...

Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

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    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. 

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    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.

  • Team Oriented

    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.

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    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

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