We all know that driving a motor vehicle requires us to pay the utmost attention to not only what we are doing, but also what others are doing around us. We can sometimes take our driving environment for granted, forgetting that everyone out on the road must work together in order to safely navigate from Point A to Point B. This being the case, people sometimes have lapses in judgment and choose to drive while intoxicated. DWIs are very serious offenses that can have lasting consequences for all parties involved. For this reason, it’s imperative to seek assistance from a DWI lawyer when facing DWI charges.
What Is DWI?
In the state of Texas, DWI, or “driving while intoxicated,” refers to when people operate motor vehicles while their physical and/or mental capacities are inhibited thanks to the consumption of any controlled substance – such as alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. DWI can also refer to when a person drives a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. If you ever have a lapse in judgment, drive while intoxicated and find yourself facing DWI charges, it is in your best interest to seek counsel or representation from a knowledgeable DWI lawyer. At the same time, it’s important to note that even with the aid of a DWI lawyer, people facing DWI charges also face heavy fines, surcharges, community service, probation and even jail time.
What Does A DWI Lawyer Do?
If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, it is wise to seek out a reputable DWI attorney sooner rather than later because he or she could significantly alter the outcome of your case. In terms of what a DWI lawyer does, it is his or her duty to work on behalf of the client to prove innocence and use all available means to lessen the consequences. A DWI lawyer will also work on the client’s behalf to provide answers to the following questions and use them to the client’s advantage:
- Was there reasonable suspicion to pull the driver over?
- Was there probable cause for the arrest?
- Did the driver consent to the blood draw? If so, was he or she mislead or coerced? Did the officer read the DIC-24 correctly? Did he give any “explanations” to the driver?
- Was there a warrant for the blood draw? If so, is there a basis for having it suppressed?
- Was the blood draw carried out correctly? Can they prove-up the chain of custody?
- Did the officer get all the facts for retrograde extrapolation?
- Can they “wheel” the driver?
- Does the driver have an occupational drivers license? If not, he or she will need a lawyer for that.
It is never a wise choice for defendants in a DWI case to represent themselves in a court of law. A DWI lawyer knows the ins and outs of criminal law pertaining to driving while intoxicated and can always get a better plea bargain agreement than a pro-se defendant can get on his or her own.
What You Should Ask A DWI Lawyer
Before deciding to hire a certain DWI attorney, you should ask him or her specific questions to make sure you hire the right lawyer for your case. Some of these questions include:
- How long have you practiced criminal law?
- About how many DWI clients do you represent on a yearly basis?
- What are the possible outcomes you foresee regarding my case?
- Will you be solely handling my DWI case, or will you work with a team? If working with a team, what are the members’ qualifications?
- How will you keep me updated about my case’s progression?
This is not a comprehensive list of questions to ask a DWI lawyer you’re thinking about hiring. For more ideas about what to ask a prospective DWI attorney, click here.
Contact Our DWI Lawyer
If you ever find yourself facing DWI charges, the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant is here to help. Give us a call at (940) 387-3518, or fill out our contact form here.