Dallas DWI Lawyer
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A drunk driving (DWI / DUI) arrest in Texas is a serious criminal matter that requires immediate action from an experienced trial attorney. Remember, being charged with DWI does not make you guilty-you have the right to request legal counsel and the right to request a hearing within 15 days of the charge in order to avoid a license suspension.
As a Dallas DWI defense lawyer, Scott Palmer has spent years helping law-abiding citizens address the serious consequences of a DWI arrest in Texas. A drunk driving conviction is not the same as a traffic violation; it is a criminal conviction that will remain on your permanent record. Contact our firm for skilled and knowledge counsel. With a former prosecutor (Attorney Rebekah Perlstein) and Board Certified Criminal Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Scott Palmer) on staff, we can help address both the criminal charges and the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing which will determine the status of your driver's license.
Penalties & Consequences for DWI in Texas:
- Driver's License Suspension / Revocation
- Permanent Criminal Record
- High-Risk Insurance
- Jail Time / Community Service
- Alcohol Treatment
- Vehicle Forfeiture
- Substantial Fines
Safeguarding Your Rights in a DWI Arrest
Like any criminal charge, the police and prosecution are required to observe your constitutional rights and follow specific procedures in order to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
When you retain our firm as your advocate, our legal team will aggressively investigate the circumstances of your arrest, including:
- Subpoena of the arresting officer and any video surveillance to ensure proper procedure
- Determination of reasonable suspicion for the initial traffic stop
- Determination of probable cause for the arrest
- Determination of the validity of any alcohol tests administered in the field
As Dallas DWI defense lawyers, it is our job to ensure that the police have done their job properly while maintaining your legal rights at all times. If you have been arrested on a drunk driving charge in Texas, do not delay in seeking legal counsel.
We are experienced in helping Texans minimize the consequences of a drunk driving arrest. We look at whether the police or highway patrol officers had probable cause to pull you over in the first place. We examine videotape of field sobriety tests when available; analyze breath and blood test procedures and results; and work to challenge every bit of evidence against you.
Fighting Against Felony DUI / DWI Charges
The consequences of a DUI conviction are greater than a simple DWI charges. Depending on your prior record and other circumstances, driving under the influence can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A third DUI or DWI will most likely be a felony, with a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
In addition to losing your driver's license, you may have to pay to get your license back. If your license is suspended for a drunk driving / DWI charge, the Texas Department of Public Safety can levy a surcharge on your driver's license of $1,000.00 per year for 3 years. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over .16, the surcharge is $2,000.00 per year for 3 years. That's between $3,000 and $6,000 just to keep your license
We can represent you at the administrative revocation hearing to contest the suspension of your driver's license. The period of the suspension will vary, but generally, for repeat offenses and felony DUI charges, the suspension will be between 6 months and 2 years.
No matter your situation, turn to Scott H. Palmer, P.C. for trusted counsel from our proven defense team. Led by a trusted Dallas DWI attorney, we are ready to stand up for your rights.