Defending Your Driving Privileges After A DWI/DUI
If you have been arrested for DWI or DUI, the steps you take after your arrest can hurt more than your driving privileges. Having a drunk driving conviction on your criminal record can limit your job options, harming your financial future. Making smart decisions can help you avoid this outcome.
When underage drivers and adult drivers are facing DUI or DWI charges, they contact The Law Office Of H. Alex Fuller, PLLC. I am a lawyer who has practiced criminal law throughout Collin County and Dallas County for more than 10 years. I am intimately familiar with the criminal process and Texas’s drunk driving laws, which I utilize to develop a strong defense against charges.
What You Need To Know About DUI And DWI Penalties
The penalties for DUI and DWI convictions are severe. If you are an underage driver convicted of drunk driving, the state’s zero-tolerance policy will affect your driving privileges.
The maximum penalties attached to this conviction include:
- A six-month license suspension for very small amounts of alcohol (.01 to .079 blood alcohol content (BAC))
- A one-year license suspension for a first-time offense with .08 to .149 BAC
- An 18-month license suspension for a second offense
- A two-year license suspension for a third offense
Drivers over age 21 may have their licenses suspended for 90 days to one year for their first drunk driving offense. A second offense could result in a license suspension for 180 days to two years.
These penalties can have a substantial impact on your life, affecting not only your ability to get to work or school. A license suspension limits your ability to help your family as well.
Steps To Take After An Arrest
After you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, acting quickly is critical. You must request a hearing within 15 days of your arrest. If you submit a petition for a hearing after this deadline has passed, your request will be denied.
When you appear before the administrative law judge (ALJ), retaining a qualified criminal defense attorney is important. I scrutinize all evidence collected and will analyze the circumstances surrounding your arrest. I know how to present compelling arguments that seek to secure favorable results in hearings.