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A Quick Guide to Texas DWI Laws and Penalties

DWI laws across the United States are getting more complex and detailed every year, especially when it comes to dealing with first time offenses – and Texas is no exception While the nuances of Texas DWI laws are complex, we wanted to offer a general overview of the main laws and the major categories of DWI offenses and penalties you are likely to encounter in 2017 “Intoxicated” as Defined by Texas...

Charged with a First Offense DWI in Texas? What You Need to Know

The state of Texas takes DWI offenses extremely seriously, and the financial penalties are severe, even for first time offenders DWIs are the most commonly committed crimes in the United States, but most of the time they are committed by average ‘non-criminal’ citizens But make no mistake, if you are charged with a DWI, even if it is your first offense, you will be treated and prosecuted like a...

How to Choose a DWI Attorney in Houston, Texas: 3 Steps to Getting the Defense You Deserve

Being charged with a DWI offense in Texas can be a severely traumatic experience The financial penalties are harsh, the prospect of jail time is very real, and your reputation can be compromised with potential employers, insurance companies, and within the wider community Choosing the right attorney to represent you is a critical decision, and one which could affect you for the rest of your life To help you...

The Sandra Bland Traffic Stop and What You Should Know About Your Rights During A Traffic Stop

In Texas Public Radio's story, "10 Things About The Sandra Bland Traffic Stop that Every Texan Should Know," Rhonda Fanning provides some useful information for Texas motorists But some of the statements in the article are inaccurate and some are just plain confusing For example, it is inaccurate to say that an officer has "no right" to instruct someone to get out of his/her car during a traffic stop, or that...

Guide to Contesting a DWI Charge

A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charge is typically considered a misdemeanor on the first offense in Texas; however, the consequences of a conviction can be far more serious than other misdemeanor charges A DWI conviction could mean jail time, fines, administrative fees, and a possible suspended license To help you avoid these harsh penalties, this guide to contesting a DWI charge aims to help you prepare...

How to Get a Provisional License after a DWI Conviction

Receiving a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) conviction can make your life very difficult for a variety of reasons Beyond the potential fines and possible jail time depending on your case, the loss of your license can also severely impact you daily life, especially if you rely upon your car to get to work Fortunately you may not be at a total loss if you act quickly and wisely In this article we’ll explain how...

Why Trial By Jury May Be a Better Choice Than a Judge

When involved in a legal case, many people wonder if they’re better off trying their case before a jury or a judge And while there are always exceptions for particular cases, generally speaking as a defendant a trial by jury is usually a better choice than a judge (also known as a bench trial), one that is particularly preferred in Texas despite some declining numbers The decision can be a complicated one, and...

Immediate Actions to Take After a DWI Charge

The moments after receiving a DWI charge can be confusing, upsetting and stressful, especially if it’s your first experience But despite this difficult moment, there are immediate actions to take after a DWI charge than can drastically improve the outcome of the incident While many people resign themselves to believing that there is nothing they can do to fight the charge, but now is not the time to despair...

Why You Will Need a Lawyer for Your DWI Case in Houston

The state of Texas has very strict laws regarding driving while intoxicated, and if you’re convicted of a DWI you can face serious and far-reaching consequences, including fines, a suspended license and even jail time What’s more, a DWI conviction in Houston, Texas will be on your record for life Sometimes people who are charged with a DWI believe they will be able to represent themselves in court or simply...