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The Consequences of a DWI Conviction in Texas

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Parker County criminal defense lawyerTo reach a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction, prosecutors must prove to the court that the defendant was operating a vehicle in public while either intoxicated or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent. If found convicted, a defendant could see some hefty fines and possibly some jail time. Individuals charged with DWI would do well to employ a criminal defense attorney to come to their aid—one with enough experience in DWI cases.

The Penalties for a DWI Conviction

Penalties for DWI will range from a misdemeanor to a felony primarily based on prior convictions and other factors that took place at the time of arrest. Texas DWI convictions on record last a lifetime, and all previous convictions are considered prior offenses.

Your first and second DWI convictions are typically misdemeanors. The first offense could land you in prison for 72 hours up to six months. On top of the jail time, you could see up to $2,000 in fines. A subsequent, or second conviction, will see the jail time increased to 30 days up to 12 months, while the fines increase to $4,000.

A judge will often give a six-month to two years probation for first-time offenders who have served at least three days in jail on a DWI. Probation often requires additional tasks on behalf of the convicted, such as:

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Dealing with a DWI Stop in Traffic

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Wise County DWI LawyerAnyone who has heard the siren and seen the blue lights flashing behind them, signaling them to pull over, can likely attest to how nerve-wracking that can be, even if you have done nothing wrong. It is critical to understand the actions you should avoid if you are stopped by police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and if you are ultimately arrested.

Stay Calm

It is important to stay calm when you are pulled over. No matter what the police officer accuses you of, you should not argue or behave in what could be perceived as disrespectful. This may only make matters worse. Comply with the officer’s instructions and avoid any confrontational behavior. Remember, if there are any actions on the officer’s part that were inappropriate, your DWI attorney can use this in your defense.

Do Not Admit Guilt

You never want to admit to a police officer you were drinking. Some people make the mistake of thinking that just because they may have had one or two drinks, they have done nothing wrong. But admitting to a police officer that you have had any alcohol whatsoever can be used against you by the prosecutor to show your guilt.

Ask for Your Attorney

If you do end up getting arrested, the police will read you your Miranda rights. Your rights include the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Do not make any legal statement. Let the officer know you do not want to speak to them without your attorney present. Police are required by law to not engage in any interrogation once you have invoked your rights.

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Being accused of or arrested for a crime can be one of the most terrifying experiences that happens to you in your life. You may feel uncertain about the future, curious about the alleged evidence against you, and unsure of what to do next.

Regardless of the circumstances, if you were charged with a crime or are under investigation for a criminal offense, contact a Texas criminal defense attorney who can make sure you have the legal representation you need.

Steps to Take After a Criminal Accusation

Many people panic and take steps that inadvertently damage their chances of a favorable outcome during a criminal case. If you have been implicated in a crime, make sure to keep the following tips in mind: 

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