Are You Concerned About A DWI?
It is not easy to face a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Most people feel frightened, confused and ashamed. Fortunately, it does not have to ruin your life. You can take back your power by learning more about the charges against you.
At The Law Office Of H. Alex Fuller, PLLC, attorney Fuller helps clients in the McKinney area who face DWIs and other criminal charges. On this page, he has answered some of the questions that clients frequently ask him about drunk driving charges. Read on to learn more about what you are up against.
What is the difference between DWI and DUI?
In Texas, DWI means driving a vehicle while in a state of intoxication due to alcohol or drugs. Though driving under the influence (DUI) is a formal crime in some other states, Texas recognizes only DWIs. In everyday speech, many people use the terms interchangeably.
So, what is DUIA?
The crime of driving under the influence of alcohol, or DUIA, applies to anyone under the age of 21 caught driving drunk in Texas.
What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
The state has a wide range of consequences for drunk driving, including:
- A fine of up to $10,000
- License suspension for 90 days to two years
- Installation of an interlock ignition device
- Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment
- Seventy-two hours to 10 years in jail
The severity of the punishment for a DWI conviction depends heavily on your prior criminal record. If you have a previous DWI or DUIA, the court will likely impose much more serious penalties than if you do not.
What should I do if I am pulled over?
You should always invoke your right to remain silent, and request a lawyer if a cop tries to question you. Law enforcement officers do not have the right to search your vehicle or your belongings unless they have probable cause, which may include open containers, drugs or drug paraphernalia. Though you have the right to refuse a blood alcohol content (BAC) test, you will likely lose your license for doing so. There is no penalty, however, for refusing to perform field sobriety tests.
Do I really need a lawyer for a DWI?
Without an attorney to advocate for you, your future could be in jeopardy. Your lawyer can explain your rights, advise you on your options, negotiate a plea bargain and represent you at trial. Do not underestimate the importance that a lawyer could play in your defense.
Ask More Questions About DWI For Free
Do you have more things that you want to ask a lawyer about drunk driving laws? Mr. Fuller provides hands-on personal service and can answer your questions. You can contact The Law Office Of H. Alex Fuller, PLLC, to receive a free initial consultation about DWI charges. To schedule your consultation, call 972-535-8266 or send an email today.