Attorney David Reyna
A drunk driving arrest can have a devastating impact on so many aspects of your life. A conviction in Texas can lead to thousands of dollars in fines, possible jail time and a DWI license suspension. Also, you can face substantially higher insurance rates and loss of your job, particularly if your job involves driving. David Reyna is a highly skilled and aggressive attorney who can work for you by challenging all of the prosecution’s evidence used in your DWI case.
Anyone who is driving an automobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who drives visibly intoxicated, may be charged with DWI/DUI. Police officers may stop a suspected drunk driver if they see the vehicle weaving between lanes or the motorist driving erratically. The officer may check your car for open containers, or see if you are slurring your words or having difficulty answering questions.
In the State of Texas, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent. Drivers under the age of 21 who have any trace of alcohol in their system can be charged with DWI. Police typically will conduct a Field Sobriety Test, or a blood or breath test, to determine if the operator should be charged with DWI. The officer may arrest you for DWI if you fail the breath test or the field sobriety test. An experienced attorney like David Reyna knows how to challenge these tests in court. It’s important to contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with DWI.
DWI Cases Have Serious Consequences
* For a first offense, (unless a breath/blood sample shows .15 or greater) consequences may include loss of driving privileges up to one year, and/or up to 180 days in County jail and/ or maximum $2,000.00 fine. A first offense DWI conviction is considered a “Class B Misdemeanor.”
*For a DWI with one prior conviction, consequences may include maximum 1 year in County jail and/or maximum $4,000.00 fine, and is considered a “Class A Misdemeanor.” If a prosecutor proves your BAC was more than .15 or more, and you were a first-time offender, you will be treated as a second-offense drunk driver.
*Third Degree Felony (If one has a record of two or more DWI convictions, or caused an accident with injuries or if arrested for DWI with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.) Penalties may include up to a $10,000 fine, ten years in prison and a suspended drivers license for a significant length of time. Also, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device or inhaler installed in your vehicle.
*Second Degree Felony and Intoxication Manslaughter ( if you were the cause of a drunk driving accident that resulted in a death) Penalties may result in up to 20 years in prison or a minimum of two years in prison. When there is a car accident that includes death, the police are required by law to obtain a mandatory blood sample. A conviction of intoxication manslaughter may result in a permanent revocation of your Texas driver’s license.
Texas Drivers License Suspension
Your arrest may have included a cancellation of your Texas driving privileges for a specific period of time. You have only 15 Days from the date of your arrest to request a Hearing on this suspension. The Hearing is important because it provides detailed information in defending your DWI case through the “discovery” process. The Hearing allows the attorney to challenge your suspension and to question the arresting officer to find out exactly what he is going to say in court. Additionally, the Hearing allows you to drive until the Administrative Law Judge makes the decision on your driver license suspension.
You Must Request This Hearing No Later Than 15 Days From Your Arrest
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