Have you been arrested on drunk driving charges in Tarrant County, Texas? Before you assume that you have no choice but to accept those charges, pay the fine and move on, take the time to consider all of the potential punishments and consequences you face. Not only do you face monetary fines, but you also face suspension of your license, driver’s license “surcharges” imposed by the Texas DPS that can add up to thousands of dollars, and even jail time. Before you make any decision, you need to talk to a Dallas/Fort Worth DWI attorney.
DWI Is Harder to Prove Than You Think
In order to convict a person of Driving While Intoxicated in Texas, the state must prove that the accused was actually operating a motor vehicle on a public road. The state must also prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a person did not have the normal use of his mental or physical abilities or that his blood or breath alcohol levels were above the legal limit.
Because all elements of the offense of driving while intoxicated be proven before a person can be convicted of a DWI offense, it is imperative that a person charged with DWI in Texas consult with an experienced DWI defense lawyer. In many cases, errors and omissions on the documents or improper administration of the blood or breath alcohol tests can result in a discrediting of the arresting officer’s testimony and possibly the dismissal of the charges. A skilled DWI attorney will be able to examine the evidence and find these potential problems. Where dismissal is not possible, a jury trial can vindicate a person charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Texas DWI Offenses – Chapter 49 Texas Penal Code
Chapter 49 of the Texas Penal Code sets out Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses. Besides the basic DWI offense, set out in Section 49.04, Chapter 49 includes offenses for Boating While Intoxicated, Open Container, Intoxication Assault, and Intoxication Manslaughter. The major DWI offenses are listed below:
POSSESSION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN MOTOR VEHICLE (Penal Code 49.031)
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (Penal Code 49.04)
FLYING WHILE INTOXICATED (Penal Code 49.05)
BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED (Penal Code 49.06)
INTOXICATION ASSAULT (Penal Code 49.07)
INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER (Penal Code 49.08)
Skilled Dallas-Fort Worth DWI Defense Lawyers
Whether it is your first DWI charge or your fifth, the reality that you may lose your right to drive as a result of these accusations means you need to take action quickly. If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Hood County, or Johnson County, contact Blake & Blake LLP today for a consultation to discuss your case. The legal team at Blake & Blake LLP understands the need for an aggressive defense when you are facing a Texas DWI case. Don’t put your right to drive at risk. Get help from an experienced Tarrant County DWI lawyer from Blake & Blake LLP today.