DWI and DUI Defense DWI and DUI offenses are very serious matters.

To alter the possibly severe outcome of your case, you need professional representation from an experienced DUI lawyer.

In this day and age, it is almost unheard of to get from one destination to another without driving a vehicle. We all know it is of the utmost importance to operate a motor vehicle with physical and mental capacities intact. Multiple elements go into driving, so it is essential for drivers to exhibit high levels of attention and awareness of what is going on around them. Sometimes, however, people have a lapse of judgment and drive while intoxicated. These lapses in judgment oftentimes cause drivers to find themselves in very serious situations in which they face DWI or DUI charges.

When facing these charges in North Texas, it is prudent to seek legal representation immediately, as driving while intoxicated brings along severe, long-term consequences.


About DUI and DWI

The terms “DWI” and “DUI” are often used synonymously, but they have different meanings. A DUI, or “driving under the influence,” is a Class C misdemeanor where a minor is charged with illegally operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. On the other hand, a DWI, or driving while intoxicated, involves driving while mental and/or physical capacities are inhibited due to the consumption of any controlled substance.

“Intoxication, as it pertains to DWIs, can be a result from using alcohol, drugs or any other controlled substance.”

Intoxication, as it pertains to DWIs, can be a result from using alcohol, drugs or any other controlled substance – alone or in combination – and deciding to get behind the wheel. Further, intoxication also means a person has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more. If you are facing DWI or DUI charges, it is essential to contact a reputable DUI attorney to help you navigate the complicated process of DWI and DUI litigation.


Why You Need An Attorney for Instances of DUI and DWI

When a person is charged with a DUI or DWI, he or she has to deal with two separate cases; one is criminal, and the other is civil. To answer for these charges, one generally must go to court for arraignment, trial or negotiated disposition. Laws pertaining to DUI and DWI are confusing and change from time to time. To improve your chances of challenging and/or improving your consequences, seeking an aggressiveDUI lawyer from Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. is of the utmost importance.

All DWI convictions in Texas bring about heftyfines, surcharges and jail time. Other repercussions include: probation, community service, higher insurance coverage costs, vehicle impoundment, losing employment and having your vehicle fitted with an ignition interlock device. Even with the guidance and representation from an attorney, DWI charges are punishable in Texas as follows:


OffenseConfinement Fine
First Offense DWIBetween 72 Hours and 180 DaysMaximum of $2,000
Second Offense DWIBetween 30 days and One YearMaximum of $4,000
Third Offense or MoreBetween Two and 10 YearsMaximum of $10,000
DWI with a Child PassengerBetween 180 days and Two YearsMaximum of $10,000
Intoxication AssaultBetween Two and 10 YearsMaximum of $10,000
Intoxication ManslaughterBetween Two and 20 YearsMaximum of $10,000


Contact Our Lawyers When Facing DWI or DUI Charges

If you are arrested for a DUI or DWI, it is essential to solicit consultation with a DUI attorney as soon as possible, for it can make a significant difference in your case’s outcome. Call us at (940) 387-3518, or contact our DUI lawyers here to set up a consultation.

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