Skilled Defense For DWI And DUI Cases
It is somewhat difficult to imagine that you could be facing criminal charges due to DUI or DWI after two drinks (or if you are under 21, any alcohol). But under Texas drunk driving laws, this is the reality. An arrest could mean potential jail time, costly fines and consequences for the long term.
I am attorney Frederick D. Kelly. I have represented clients facing severe and complex criminal charges for more than three decades and from that experience, I know that no DWI or DUI charge should be taken lightly. I am ready to advocate for your rights and best interests at The Kelly Law Firm.
The Knowledgeable And Zealous Attorney You Need To Make A Solid Case
An individual is considered impaired to drive if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or greater, or if they are under the influence of drugs. Under the Zero Tolerance law for minors, drivers under the age of 21 can face consequences if they have any amount of alcohol in their bloodstream.
- For a first-time offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI), an individual over 21 years old could lose their driver’s license for 90 days or more, face jail time of 3 to 180 days, and fines up to $2,000. You may be required to install an ignition interlock on your vehicle before you can drive.
- A first-time offender under the age of 21 who is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is subject to a 60-day license suspension, up to 40 hours of community service and enrollment in court-ordered alcohol awareness programs. However, if that underage driver has a BAC of .08 or more, they are subject to all the same DWI penalties as an adult, including possible jail time.
The severity of charges and the penalties increase if an individual has an open alcohol container at the time of the arrest, if they have prior convictions for DUI/DWI, or if they had a child in the vehicle. In the most serious cases, such as causing a crash resulting in injury or death while intoxicated, the punishment can escalate to 10 years or more in state prison.
There are many things you could lose without the legal advice of a seasoned lawyer. A DWI conviction on your record can affect not only your driving privileges but education and employment opportunities. I can counsel you on whether a plea bargain could help or if we can challenge your case because of errors of violations of your rights by law enforcement. I will be straightforward about your case and your options to avoid unpleasant surprises.