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In Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or narcotics is taken very seriously. Even for first-time offenders, the penalties can be severe. You could be risking incarceration, steep fines, and the potential loss of your driver's license. You may also be required to use an ignition interlock device as one of the conditions of bond or part of the sentence for a DWI conviction. This is all in addition to irreparable damage to your personal and professional reputation that could impact your life for many years to come. DWIs in Texas never "drop off" your record. If you are convicted, you will be left with a permanent criminal record.

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI, The Dameron Law Firm may be able to help you lessen the impact. In some cases, DWI charges can be reduced or dismissed depending on the facts of the case and how any field sobriety or chemical testing was carried out. Our attorney understands that a DWI arrest can take you by surprise and shake up your life. We carefully examine each case for any possible defenses that we can use to protect you.

Experienced Texas Attorney for First-Time DWI Defendants

A first DWI in Texas with no aggravating factors is usually charged as a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum of three days in the county jail or a maximum of 180 days. A charge may be increased to a Class A misdemeanor if a chemical test showed that you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater. As you can see, Texas offers little leniency when it comes to intoxicated driving. However, the field sobriety and chemical testing options relied upon by police and prosecutors are far from infallible. A thorough investigation into the testing procedures used sometimes reveals an error that could lead to the results being invalidated.

There are also opportunities for an attorney to make a case for alternative sentencing, which could include probation or addiction treatment. We as a firm are committed to helping clients minimize the impact of a first-time DWI arrest on their lives going forward.

Skilled Legal Defense For Second or Subsequent DWIs

Facing a second, third, or subsequent DWI charge is a very serious matter. Texas courts are not likely to be understanding of and lenient towards those who have been accused of driving while intoxicated more than once. A second DWI may still be charged as a misdemeanor, but it is a Class A this time. Your license could be suspended for up to a year, or you could have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and only drive to school or work. The jail time also increases to a minimum 30-day sentence.

Third and subsequent DWIs in Texas are felonies. If this is your third DWI arrest, the situation is extremely serious. You could face two years or more of prison time. It becomes critical that you have a very aggressive legal defense in this situation to protect your freedom, future, and ability to drive. At The Dameron Law Firm, we understand how a substance use problem can spiral out of control and lead to criminal charges like DWIs, and we are committed to aiding clients whose treatable addictions have led to this situation.

Felony and Aggravated DWI

There are a number of circumstances around DWIs that Texas considers aggravating factors, meaning they make the case more serious. This can lead to your DWI being charged as a felony, even if it is your first arrest. If you injured or killed someone or had a minor in your car, you may face the possibility of a harsh prison sentence after being convicted of intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter. Craig Dameron is experienced at building strong, legally-grounded defenses even in these extreme circumstances.

Contact a Texas DWI Defense Attorney

If you are facing any DWI criminal charge in Texas, our firm has the experience necessary to put forth your strongest defense. Whether you were arrested for a first-time misdemeanor DWI or are looking at a felony third DWI with injuries, our team has the in-depth knowledge needed to fight your charge. Contact our office online or by calling 817-222-0624 for a free consultation.

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