Despite being a victimless crime, DWI carries tremendous consequences under the law. If convicted, you may spend 180 days in jail, lose the right to drive, be forced to have a breath testing machine installed in your car, or pay thousands of dollars over a period of years just to keep your license. Social stigma and damage to your reputation can be even more damaging. Losing your license could be extremely disruptive to your work schedule and daily life. A conviction on your record follows you for years.
If you have been charged with DWI or another alcohol related offense, it’s imperative to hire a Dallas DWI attorney immediately to mount a strong and effective defense aimed at minimizing the impact of the charge through any means possible. In many cases, you only have 15 days to save your license. At the Law Office of Walker Fults, we understand the devastating impacts a DWI conviction can have on your future, and how to best minimize or even avoid them completely by taking advantage of every remedy available under the law.
What is Driving While Intoxicated?
DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated, is defined as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of certain drugs or alcohol. “Intoxicated” is defined as the loss of normal brain and physical function, a legal standard different from the everyday understanding of “drunk.” Intoxication is most commonly measured by your blood alcohol content, or BAC. A level of 0.08 or above is a presumption of intoxication under the law.
DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, is a charge that applies to minors who have a detectable level of alcohol in their body. Any amount of alcohol found in an underage driver’s blood can result in a DUI charge.
What are the Penalties for DWI?
For a first DWI offense, you face the following penalties:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- 90 to 365 days of suspended driver’s license
With a skilled attorney, however, you greatly increase your chance of avoiding these severe penalties. Final outcomes can vary widely, based on the circumstances of each case and the attorney fighting to defend your interests.
Contact a DWI Lawyer in Dallas today
Being convicted of a DWI or another alcohol related offense can take a heavy toll on your employment, relationships, freedom, and reputation. Hire a dedicated and experienced Dallas DWI lawyer to help navigate every step of the process for you, to ensure you get the best outcome possible. At the Law Office of Walker Fults, we will work with you to mount the strongest defense at trial, or create a strategic agreement with the prosecutor that puts your interests first. Call your Dallas DWI lawyer today at (214) 797-1861 and let us put our dedication and expertise to work for you.