In addition to the criminal penalties that can arise from a drunk driving conviction, it can also cause a great deal of embarrassment and have a devastating impact on a person’s reputation. If you are facing charges for any type of drunk driving offense, it is crucial that you seek the advice of a qualified Texas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
At Kearney Law Firm, our Fort Worth DWI defense lawyers represent clients in a vast array of drunk driving cases, including driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), and vehicular manslaughter, among others. We have a strong track record of success in these matters and we diligently pursue the best available outcome for every client we serve.
Understand DUI and DWI in Texas
Under Texas law, driving under the influence (DUI) is an offense that is reserved for persons under the age of 21 who have any measurable amount of alcohol in their systems. These offenses are a class B misdemeanor and can be punishable by numerous penalties, including loss of driving privileges, a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the offense that refers to any person operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. A first-offense DWI is also a class B misdemeanor, however, penalties increase substantially for repeat offenders and drivers who cause serious injury to or the death of another person. A third-offense DWI or certain aggravating factors will result in a felony charge.
Building A Strong Defense on Your Behalf
Many people who are arrested for a drunk driving offense wrongly assume that there is no defense for it. In truth, there can be a number of viable defenses that may be available depending on the circumstances of your case. In every case, our attorneys conduct a thorough review of your case to determine the best approach to resolving your case.
When appropriate, we help our clients locate the necessary resources to fight alcohol addiction. In many cases, a person’s initiative to seek help can be used in an evidentiary manner to strengthen his or her defense. In addition to defending clients in their criminal proceedings, we represent them in administrative license revocation (ALR) hearings arising from breath or blood test failure or refusal to submit to a test. We also represent clients in hearings for essential needs licenses.
Discuss Your Case with Our Texas DUI Lawyers Contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our DUI defense attorneys. We can be reached at 817.336.5600 or via email.