Lewisville DWI Lawyer

The Lewisville DWI lawyers at Alexander & Associates believe that while DWI is a completely preventable problem that deserves attention, it has become an extremely over-legislated area of concern in proportion to the number of injuries and accidents it leads to, and overzealous law enforcement officers are taking excessive steps to detain and charge individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of alcohol. While this has undoubtedly reduced the frequency of drunk driving in the country and locally, it has also lead to a hugely increased number of people who have been unduly charged with infractions.

If you are facing DWI or DUI charges, it is essential that you take swift action to protect your rights and interests. To learn more about your legal options for defense and your rights regarding the charges you are facing, call an experienced Lewisville DWI lawyer from Alexander & Associates today at (972) 420-6560.

Why You Need an Attorney

While it may seem like a DWI is an all-too-common charge, and it may be possible to defend against the charges on your own, the truth is that these legal matters can get complicated very quickly. Whether you are looking at enhancements the State wants to request from the court, or you are looking at the long-term impact of a conviction for DWI, a DWI charge is not something to be taken lightly or gamble with. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first DWI or you are a repeat offender; you need to contact an experienced team of litigators to represent your best interests. Retaining knowledgeable representation is critical to the success of your defense and the quality of your future.

Handling a DWI case on your own is not a good idea if you want to ensure that you do not face jail time, the revocation of your license, or any other ramifications and punishments associated with DWI convictions or plea bargains. Contacting Alexander & Associates is the first step toward success and obtaining the best defense in the case the State has filed against you.

Types of DWI Charges

There are a number of different infractions that fall under the umbrella of drunk driving, and each can carry vastly different implications for you and your pending defense. At Alexander & Associates, we have experience in all manner of drunk driving representation, and can come to your defense in any of the following areas:

By working directly with you to form a legal approach uniquely tailored to your particular situation, our attorneys can effectively and efficiently help you deal with any DWI charges you may be facing.

DWI Penalties in Texas

The penalties for DWI charges vary greatly depending on your driving history and the circumstances surrounding your case. Below are some examples of how your history and the circumstances surrounding the arrest will influence the potential punishment if you are found guilty of DWI.

  • First-time offenders: If you are a first-time offender, you may face any or all of the following:
    • A fine up to $2000
    • Jail time ranging from three days to 180 days
    • The loss of your driver’s license for up to a year
    • An annual fee requirement of either $1000 or $2000 for three years to keep your driver’s license
  • Second-time offenders: If this is the second time you have been charged with DWI, you may face any or all of the following:
    • A fine of up to $2,000
    • Jail time ranging from one month to one year
    • The revocation of your driver’s license for up to two years
    • An annual fee requirement of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to keep your driver’s license
  • Third-time offenders: If you have been charged with DWI for the third time, you may face any or all of the following:
    • A fine of up to $10,000
    • Jail time ranging from two to 10 years
    • The loss of your driver’s license for up to two years
    • An annual fee requirement of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to keep your driver’s license

If all of that is not enough, there is also an additional penalty for repeat offenders. If you have two or more DWI convictions in five years, a breathalyzer-enabled ignition switch—also known as an “interlock device”—may be installed in your car to prevent you from driving if you are deemed intoxicated by the device. Before you face a court and any potential punishment, contact Alexander & Associates. We are ready to talk about your case, research your criminal history, and help you put forth the best defense (or defenses) possible.

Associated Charges

Although DWI charges are usually stand-alone cases, sometimes the circumstances surrounding the DWI or the arrest make the application of additional or substitute charges more likely. Child endangerment and obstruction of highway charges are two common crimes that are either added to the DWI charge or substituted for a DWI during plea bargains.

Child Endangerment: If you are charged with a DWI with a child passenger who is less than 15 years of age, you may also be charged with child endangerment. A DWI with a child endangerment charge may result in a fine of up to $10,000, up to two years in jail, and the revocation of your driver’s license for 180 days. Because of the nature of the charge, this may also trigger other investigations. It may even lead to other civil cases if you are a parent who is in the middle of a divorce, have a vindictive ex-spouse or co-parent, or are in the midst of a custody lawsuit.

Obstruction of Highway: Obstruction of highway charges often come into play when a prosecutor sees that they may not have a very strong case for the DWI charge. Often, during the plea-bargaining stage, a prosecutor will offer an obstruction of highway charge as a way of reducing the DWI charge to one with less severe penalties. However, the charge is still a criminal charge with criminal punishment. So if the prosecutor thinks they have a weak DWI case, it may be in your best interest to fight the charges or not accept the first offer to reduce your DWI to an obstruction of highway charge.

If you are charged with these offenses or offered these as a substitute charge, call (972) 420-6560 today to schedule a consultation. The experienced DWI lawyers at Alexander & Associates can talk about your defense options and strategies to avoid any escalation of legal issues.

Social, Professional, and Civil Consequences of a DWI Conviction

While being charged with a DWI may be bad enough, a guilty conviction of DWI has so many other ramifications on one’s social and professional reputation. It may also lead to civil litigation problems. For instance, many people may feel their reputation is tarnished in the community if they are found guilty of a DWI. They may also face a negative professional stigma or setbacks if they are seeking a professional licensure in a field such as law or medicine. Furthermore, a conviction of DWI may lead to an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS), especially if you are a parent who is in the midst of any family-related legal issues, whether or not you had a child in the car at the time of arrest.

Why let any of these negative consequences happen in your life because of one mistake involving intoxicated driving? Why let your future and reputation be put in jeopardy because of a DWI charge that you did not successfully defend against? Upon being charged with DWI, you should contact an attorney immediately to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the arrest, the charges, and your history so that you can protect your future. The sooner you contact Alexander & Associates, the better.

Contact Us

At Alexander & Associates, our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and will work diligently to protect your interests following a DWI charge. For a free consultation to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Lewisville defense attorney, call us today at (972) 420-6560.