DWI/DUI is a common criminal offense in the United States. However, not every state treats drunk driving arrests the exact same way. Here in Texas, we have a unique process that many motorists are not familiar with. Most people don't know how DWIs are prosecuted and don't realize the following three things until it's too late:
1. A DWI arrest sets in motion a process to have the driver's license suspended. The Texas Department of Public Safety can move to have the license suspended for 90 days or possibly longer. This happens before the defendant even goes to court for the DWI charge.
2. A driver arrested for DWI must contest the license suspension within 15 days of the arrest through a hearing. This hearing is called an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. For many people, obtaining legal representation before this hearing will help them keep their license.
3. A first-time DWI conviction results in a minimum three-day jail sentence. Again, the best way to avoid jail time is to hire an experienced DWI defense attorney as soon as possible.
A good criminal defense attorney will pursue all possible avenues to getting a DWI charge dismissed. Our lawyers are adept at determining whether a person's Fourth Amendment rights were violated during a DWI arrest and creating solid defense strategies based on the facts. We've successfully defended hundreds of DWI charges.
If you're looking for a competent criminal defense attorney here in San Antonio, contact us today. We're happy to answer any questions about a DWI charge in a free consultation.