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How Can I Fight a DWI Charge?

DWI charges can have harsh personal and financial consequences. A DWI conviction results in  the suspension of your driver’s license and thousands of dollars in surcharges. In addition, you may have to deal with the inconveniences of a suspended driver’s license.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are the subject of a DWI investigation, here are some pointers. Follow these steps to give yourself the best chance to protect your freedom.

1. The Traffic Stop

Most DWI arrests happen as a result of a traffic stop. The officer makes a traffic stop for what begins as a simple traffic violation.

2. The Field Tests

The officer can use clues like:

  • The smell of alcohol
  • Red eyes
  • Slurred speech

as an opportunity to start a DWI investigation.

3. The Arrest

If the officer sees enough clues from the field tests, he will place you under arrest for DWI. He will then transport you to the police station for further investigation

4. The Breath Test

After the officer places you under arrest, he will ask for a sample of your breath. He will also tell you that if you refuse to give a sample, your driver’s license will get suspended.

5. The Blood Test

The arresting officer will ask for a sample your blood. He will also tell you that if you refuse to give a sample of your blood, your driver’s license will get suspended.

6. The Booking Process

After the blood is drawn, the DWI investigation is complete and the officer will start the paperwork to book you in jail.

7. Keeping your Driver's License

Refusing to give a breath or blood sample or if your blood alcohol level is over the legal limit, will result in an automatic license suspension. You must have a BAC of 0.08 or less to be within the legal alcohol limit in Texas.

Finding a Lawyer

It is important to hire a skilled DWI lawyer as soon as possible after you get arrested. Andreea Ionescu is an experienced DWI attorney who will be able to examine the facts of your case. She will explain the legal process so that you understand what’s happening at each step. If you are facing a DWI charge in Texas, it is important to take steps to protect yourself and your rights. Contact us today if you have been arrested for a DWI charge.