McAllen DWI Lawyer
Charged with drunk driving in Houston?
Drinking and driving is a serious problem in Houston, McAllen, and throughout Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that there were a total of 169 alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions in McAllen in 2011, accidents which killed 2 people and injured 177 more. Further, the public advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ranks Texas as having the fourth-highest rate of fatal driving while intoxicated (DWI) accidents in the country, with 40 percent of all traffic deaths occurring in accidents where one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol. In an effort to crack down on drinking and driving and reduce the number of accidents on the roads of this state, Texas law imposes harsh penalties on anyone who is charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated.
Penalties for Driving While Intoxicated in Texas
In the event that this is your first time being caught drinking and driving, you can be fined up to $2,000, sent to jail for 180 days and subjected to a one-year driver's license suspension. Further, you may be required to pay up to $2,000 per year for three years in order to keep your license. A repeat DWI offense is punishable by a $4,000 fine, a yearlong jail sentence, and a 2-year driver's license suspension. A repeat DWI offense is also punishable by an order to install and use an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle, a device which requires you to provide a clean breath sample before you can start your car. A third DWI carries possible penalties including $10,000 in fines, between 2 and 10 years in state prison, and a driver's license suspension lasting 2 years.
Let a McAllen Criminal Defense Attorney Fight for You
In addition to the criminal penalties, you can expect to see a sharp increase in your rates for car insurance, and to make matters worse you will also have a conviction on your criminal record, a fact which can bar you from a promotion or even from being hired with many employers. Fortunately, you may be able to beat the charges by hiring a McAllen criminal defense lawyer from Guerra & Farah, PLLC as soon as possible after your arrest. We can appear with you at the
ALR hearing to defend your driver's license, as well as fighting for you in court to defend you against the serious consequences you face. One of our attorneys is trained in the administration of the field sobriety tests which are used in most DWI investigations, a background which frequently makes it possible to obtain an acquittal or a dismissal of the charges. Contact us now for a
free case evaluation so that we can review your situation and begin working on a strategy for you!