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When my daughter was arrested for DWI and blew a .23 I thought there was no way she could avoid severe punishment of fines, community service, jail time, having her license suspended, and having this blemish on her record follow her around for the rest of her life. Incredibly, Jay was able to march in there and win our case getting it DISMISSED! I couldn’t believe it. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Jay had such an amazing attention to detail when it came to preparing my case for trial. He went out to the scene of the arrest in the middle of the night and measured the road, took photos and videos. He was able to prove that there was no way the police officer was telling the truth! Because of Jay’s hard work, he won my case!
My husband had an epileptic seizure when he was driving home from work and had a car accident. When the police came out, they thought my husband was intoxicated and arrested him, but he had no alcohol or drugs in his system other than his usual medications. We hired Jay because he came highly recommended. Thanks to Jay, the District Attorney decided not to charge my husband.
Thanks for the outstanding job you did of fighting my DWI case in Dallas. I felt very comfortable knowing that I had such and experienced and authoritative attorney sitting next to me during my court case.
I had the best experience with Jay and recommend his legal services to anyone facing a DWI.
Dallas DWI Lawyer
Being convicted of a DWI is a serious criminal offense. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI in Dallas, you are at the right place. Our Dallas DWI lawyer, Jay Bishop, has the knowledge and experience to defend you and achieve the best possible case outcome, regardless of the severity of your DWI offense.
The lawyer at our Dallas DWI law firm understand the seriousness of a DWI arrest and the embarrassment, shame, and stress that often follows. You can relax knowing that a capable, experienced attorney is fighting your case and helping protect your rights.
In Dallas Fort Worth, if you are suspected of driving while intoxicated drive you can be charged with a criminal DWI. If you are convicted of a DWI, or enter a “guilty” or “no contest” plea, you can face fees in excess of $10,000, loss of your drivers license, time in jail, and/or probation. If you are under the age of 21, with a .08% Blood alcohol level, you will face DWI penalties. In addition to the above, with a criminal DWI conviction, you will be facing 12 hours or more of DWI education class. If your alcohol level is .15 or higher or if this is your second or more offense, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your. Choosing to consult with an experienced and capable DWI lawyer can affect the outcome of your case.
If you refuse to submit to a breath or blood test when requested, your license will be immediately taken away and you will be facing a possible 180 day license suspension. If you consent to a breath or blood test and the result is .08 or greater, you will be facing a possible 90 day suspension. This 180 day suspension is separate from any license suspension you may later face if convicted of a criminal DWI. If you or one of your attorneys does not ask for an Administrative Licensing Revocation hearing within fifteen days of the arrest, the Texas Department of Public Safety will automatically suspend your license forty days after the date of your arrest. If you do not have a Texas driver’s license then your right to drive in Texas will be suspended and it is likely your home state will be notified. Your attorney can challenge the suspension at the Administrative Licensing Revocation (ALR) hearing to try and prevent a suspension from taking place.
It is of crucial importance that the ALR hearing is properly requested within fifteen days of the arrest by either an attorney or the defendant. If this is not processed in the correct manner a suspension will go into effect 40 days after the arrest.
The main goal of our DWI criminal lawyer is to get a complete dismissal of your DWI. However, if this is not possible, our Fort Worth lawyer will focus on reducing the DWI charges and decreasing both the financial and criminal penalties of your arrest. In addition, our DWI lawyer can represent you at the ALR hearing and increase your chance of keeping your license. While our Fort Worth DWI attorney cannot guarantee your license will not be suspended, we can guarantee that if you do not challenge your license suspension there is 100% chance you will lose your license.
Dedicated Dallas DWI Attorney
Our Dallas DWI criminal attorney knows how an arrest may be challenged and how a suspension may be avoided. The use of lawyers can provide you with an aggressive defense against your DWI charges and can devise your best defense strategy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What happens if I refuse the breathalyzer test?
You are facing a potential 180 license suspension which can be challenged in the ALR hearing.
2. What happens to my Texas driver’s license after a DWI?
Your license will likely be taken by the arresting officer and a temporary license will be issued for a limited time. You must request a hearing within 15 days of arrest to contest your license suspension. If you are located in Fort Worth, contact us to speak with our Fort Worth DWI lawyer about the details of your case.
3. What are the penalties for a 1st time DWI?
$2,000 – $4,000 maximum fine
Up to one year in jail if your alcohol concentration is .15 or higher
Up to 6 months in jail if your alcohol concentration is .08 or higher
Suspended driver’s license for up to a year
A DPS surcharge of $1000 – $2000 per year for three years to keep your driver’s license
Court costs and fees are additional
4. What is a DWI Surcharge?
A DWI surcharge is a fee assessed by DPS every year for 3 years to keep your drivers license. The surcharge ranges from $1000 – $2000 per year depending on various circumstances
5. Is it possible to get driving privileges if your license is suspended?
Yes, you can apply for an occupational license. An occupational license can be used for going to school, work and other essential household needs. You can drive with the license up to 12 hours a day, with a limit of 60 hours per week.
6. Can I be convicted of a DWI driving another vehicle?
Yes, under Texas law you may get a DWI for driving a boat or a golf cart, for example
7. Will I go to jail for 1st time criminal DWI?
Under Texas law, jail time is a penalty for a DWI. However, if this is your first time, it will likely be probation. The probation may be tied to a suspended jail sentence that you will receive if you violate your probation terms. We know there are many Dallas DWI attorneys for you to chose from, so we appreciate you taking the time to contact us to help you understand the details of your case.
8. How long does DWI conviction stay on my record? Can it be expunged?
A DWI conviction stays permanently on your record. A DWI arrest may not be expunged unless you are found not guilty or the case is dismissed.
9. What is the difference between a DWI and a DUI?
In Texas, the term ”DWI” stands for Driving While Intoxicated. Many other states use the term ”DUI”, which stands for Driving Under the Influence. Although the terms are very similar there is a difference in relation to age. In the state of Texas, a minor under the age of 21 with alcohol in their system will likely be charged with a DUI. However, if you are over the age of 21 and pulled over for drinking and driving you will likely be charged with a DWI.
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