My firm and I have been defending those facing serious DWI charges since 1997. DWI related offenses can seriously impair your future and hamper the opportunities you may wish to take advantage of. I have assisted many clients by building an aggressive and highly effective defense case in their name. Even a first offense DWI in Texas requires the assistance of a seasoned Houston DWI attorney. Without the proper defense, you could be made to face large fines, jail time, driver's license suspension of up to one year, Department of Public Safety fees, probation, and may even be made to install a breath machine in your vehicle. Our firm can provide you with important information on the following subjects if you call today and speak with a highly trained attorney.
What is the DIVERT Program?
At The Samuelson Law Firm, we can answer any questions you may have relating to the Texas DWI DIVERT Pretrial Diversion Program. The DIVERT Program is a type of probation which was developed in Harris County to handle first time offenders. It can be utilized by those who have no criminal history, resulting in dropped charges.
How a DWI Conviction Affects Your Insurance?
A DWI conviction can affect your insurance in many ways. In addition to a possible cancellation or non-renewal, your insurer is likely to raise your rates substantially. Most individuals that are allowed to keep their insurance policy are labeled a high risk driver.
DWI penalties can vary depending on the exact circumstances involved with the DWI charge. In addition, many are able to avoid serious penalties with the help of an attorney. Facing a DWI charge without the proper legal representation is far more likely to result in serious penalties.
Even if you have been convicted of a DWI in Texas, you may be able to appeal your case with the help of a highly experienced attorney. The option of a DWI appeal can be reviewed by your attorney. If you appeal a higher court can review your case and may discover elements of your case that were not carried out properly.
The BAC level of the driver arrested for a DWI is extremely important to the prosecution and defense. In many cases, it is found that the BAC of the driver prior to the arrest was not properly taken.
Types of DWI
There are many different types of DWI cases in Texas. The penalties that can be applied to an individual depend largely on the type of DWI case such as first time DWI,
DWI with injury,
DWI & drugs,
Expungement allows an individual with a criminal record to move on with his or her life. It is possible for many to remove a DWI conviction from their record with the help of an attorney.
Leaving the Scene
Leaving the scene is considered a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas. If you or a loved one has been accused of leaving the scene of an accident, it is imperative that you discuss your case with an attorney.
A vehicular manslaughter charge can be brought against an individual that has involuntarily taken the life of another due to driving under the influence. There are multiple factors involved in the case that can largely affect the outcome.
Breath & Blood Tests
Breath and blood tests are largely relied on by the prosecution in convicting an individual of a DWI charge. In many cases it is possible for the defense to challenge the validity of the breath or blood test results.
Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are a series of tests utilized by police officers in order to ascertain the sobriety of an individual after pulling him or her over. They are often misused and dismissed as valid evidence.
Drivers' License Restoration
Our firm understands how important getting your license restored quickly is. Many people don't know where to start after having their license suspended.
Failure to Stop
Failure to stop, also known as hit and run is a criminal offense in Texas. It is a very serious charge particularly if any injuries are involved. Our firm has helped many to avoid serious penalties associated with failure to stop charges.
DPS - Driver Responsibility Surcharges
The Driver Responsibility Program is governed by the Texas Transportation Code. Surcharges can be applied to certain traffic offenses.
Driving While License Suspended or Invalid
Driving while your license is suspended can result in serious penalties including jail time. It is critical to have an experienced attorney at your side that can assist you.
DWI and Prescription Medications
Even those that were taking prescription medication at the time of their arrest may end up being charged with a DWI drugs charge. It is important to have your case reviewed by a qualified attorney at your earliest convenience.
Occupational Licenses/Restricted Driving Privileges
An occupational license grants an individual certain driving privileges. It is sometimes the best solution for someone that must be able to get to and from their place of work.
Ignition Interlock Devices
Ignition Interlock Devices can be difficult and expensive to install. They are also an inconvenience and disrupt your daily routine.
The court will sometimes order an individual to wear a SCRAM bracelet. SCRAM bracelets are meant to monitor an individual's BAC but they are often unreliable.
Table-Top Home Breath Machines
There are two types of breath tests that may be used in a Texas DWI case. The breath test results that matter to the case the most are the Table-top breath machine results.
AA and Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment
In some cases, the individual charged with a DWI will be asked to attend counseling for alcohol and drug treatment. It is possible to mitigate penalties in some circumstances by accepting counseling.
In-Patient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
It is possible in some cases to avoid heavy penalties by completing an in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. To find out if this applies to your case, speak with an attorney from the firm.
Unlawful Police Stops
In many cases, it is necessary to review how the individual charged for the DWI was stopped by the police. If it is found to be an unlawful stop, the defense can utilize it to the defendant's benefit.