What you should know about drunk driving charges in Texas
Getting arrested for drunk driving is an unnerving experience. The impact of the arrest can be felt for years to come. A conviction for drunk driving can lead to any number of penalties, such as:
- Significant fines
- Loss of driver's license
- $3,000 fee to reinstate your license
- Jail sentence
If you were arrested for DWI, you will need a strong fighter in your corner. Joseph LaBella & Associates takes every DWI case very seriously. Whether you were arrested because you made a bad decision and drove after having too much to drink or whether you were unfairly charged with drunk driving, attorney LaBella can fight for your rights and your freedom. Contact the law firm today. Call 1-800-395-5951.
In Texas, the blood alcohol concentration limit is .08 percent
Anyone who is driving an automobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or anyone who drives while visibly intoxicated, may be charged with DWI (known in some parts of the country as DUI, or simply drunk driving). In the state of Texas, the legal blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent. Drivers under 21 who have any trace of alcohol in their system can be charged with DWI. Police officers typically will conduct a field sobriety test, or a blood or breath test, to determine if the operator should be charged with DWI.
Police may stop a suspected drunk driver if they see the vehicle weaving between lanes or the motorist otherwise driving erratically. If you are stopped by a police officer in Texas, you should be polite, because the officer looks for behaviors that may prove you are intoxicated. The officer may check your car for open containers, or see if you are slurring your words or having difficulty answering questions.
What happens after a DWI arrest?
Any of these visible signs can lead to a breath test and a field sobriety test. The officer may arrest you for DWI if you fail the breath test, or field sobriety test. Keep in mind that a skilled DWI attorney like Joe LaBella knows how to challenge these tests in court and win a dismissal of the charges.
A DWI arrest in Texas can be frustrating. You may be facing steep fines and surcharges, not to mention jail time, but the DWI charge doesn't have to ruin your life. It's important to contact an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are charged with DWI. An attorney who is well versed in state laws may be able to help you avoid a DWI conviction.
Attorney Joseph LaBella has the experience and resources that people charged with DWI need to fight for their legal rights. Attorney LaBella has a record of getting people charged with DWI the positive results they need. Even if you receive a DWI conviction, you can rely on a tough-minded attorney like Joe LaBella to help with your DWI appeal or DWI expungement (which means you can have a clean record if your DWI is erased, or expunged, so it will be as if the DWI arrest never took place).
How a drunk driving defense lawyer can help
For a free consultation, contact Joseph LaBella & Associates. Attorney LaBella can explain your rights and discuss your options. Call 1-800-395-5951 today.