Austin DWI / DUI Defense Lawyers
Fight Your Charges in Austin & Travis County, Texas
state of Texas, it is
illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level
of 0.08% or higher. Due to the state's Zero Tolerance Law, minors cannot be found to
have any detectable amount of alcohol in their systems. If you were recently
arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence
(DUI), you need to speak with our
Austin criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible.
Penalties for DWI & DUI in the State of Texas
While you may not think a small DWI charge will ruin your future, it could
have more of a lasting impact than you realize. Even just a first offense
can leave a permanent mark on your record and create difficulties with
finding a job, securing desirable housing, or getting into college.
If convicted, you could be penalized with the following:
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Completion of a DWI education program
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Higher insurance rates
- Driver's license suspension
Depending on your criminal record, previous convictions, your BAC level,
and several other factors, your
penalties may be even more severe than the ones mentioned above. No matter your
situation, it is crucial that you retain seasoned counsel when facing
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What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for DWI
Most people never think they will find themselves behind bars or facing
criminal charges, but far too many times something as seemingly harmless
as having a drink at a bar can lead to a serious conviction. DWI is a
serious charge that can result in life-altering consequences.
Prior to being arrested, it is important to remember that you don’t
have to consent to any field sobriety tests if you have a clean record.
That may be the same for chemical tests in certain cases as well! Remaining
calm and cooperating as best as possible can help you avoid charges or
have a stronger defense down the road. But what happens when you do get
arrested for DWI?
Make sure you do the following right after an arrest:
- Exercise your right to an attorney
- Write down everything you remember in detail
- Avoid discussing your case with law enforcement, friends, or even family
- Provide as much information as possible to your lawyer
If you are facing charges for DWI or DUI in Austin, it is more important
than ever for you to protect your rights during this challenging time.
Hines Ranc & Holub is here to stand up for your rights.
Turn to Our Austin Criminal Defense Attorney
Don't make the mistake of thinking that pleading guilty is your only
option or even your best option. Even if police have gathered incriminating
evidence against you, such as witness testimonies or field sobriety test
results, we may be able to obtain a reduction of charges or a case dismissal.
Our founding attorney, William M. Hines III, is one of very few attorneys who is:
- Officially certified to administer the DWI Texas Field Sobriety Tests
- Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
This experience could be instrumental in challenging your charges in court.
We may be able to prove the results of your field sobriety test were faulty
or that you were unlawfully stopped by police. Whatever the case, our
skilled Austin DWI attorney has the insight, legal skill, and expertise
to fight your charges.
Take Action! Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation Today
With 85+ years' combined experience and many accolades, Hines Ranc
& Holub is a law firm you can trust with absolute confidence. Take
the first step today by requesting a free case evaluation. We can review
the details of your case and set your mind at ease by guiding you through
this every step of the way. Above all else, we are dedicated to ensuring
your rights and best interests are safeguarded throughout your case.