Travis County Misdemeanor Dwi Lawyer

Jason S. English Law, PLLC, helps clients explore the options for handling misdemeanor DWI charges, including pre-trial diversion.

Misdemeanor DWI Lawyer in Travis County

Getting arrested and charged with a DWI is a terrifying experience. However, you might have felt a bit better after realizing you were charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Unfortunately, all DWIs are serious, even misdemeanors, meaning you face significant consequences if convicted. Those penalties include jail time, fines, and a license suspension.

Fortunately, you will only suffer penalties if convicted, and you still have time to mount your defense. First, discuss the case with our Travis County misdemeanor DWI lawyer. The attorney can go over various options, including a pre-trial diversion program to keep the DWI off your record. Reach out today to learn more.

Far-Reaching Consequences of a Misdemeanor DWI Conviction

You likely worry when thinking about the penalties you’ll face if convicted. However, you might not realize that the judge’s sentence is often only the beginning. Other possible consequences of a conviction include:

  • Higher car insurance premiums or policy cancellation
  • Difficulty securing work with companies that review driving records
  • Social stigma and loss of standing in the community

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What Is a Misdemeanor Dwi?

If you are arrested for a first-time DWI and your blood alcohol concentration is below 0.15 percent, you’ll be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. A conviction means you’ll spend at least three days in jail, with the maximum sentence set at six months. The minimum sentence increases to six days in jail if the police officer discovers an open container in the vehicle. Also, your license can be suspended for 90 days to one year, and you’ll pay a fine of up to $2,000.

On the other hand, you’ll be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if your BAC is 0.15 percent or higher and it’s your first offense. Additionally, you’ll face this charge if you’ve been arrested for a second offense DWI.

If convicted, you could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and fined as much as $4,000. Plus, you could lose your license for up to 18 months.

As you can see, a misdemeanor conviction can be devastating. Thus, start building your defense by contacting our Travis County misdemeanor DWI lawyer.

Keeping Your Driving Privileges With Dwi Charges

The arresting officer will request that you take a breathalyzer or blood test. If the test shows your BAC is over the legal limit or if you refuse to take the test, the police will confiscate your driver’s license. You’ll receive a Notice of Suspension in its place. It will serve as a temporary license for 40 days, and without the right action, your license will then be suspended.

However, you can request an Administrative License Revocation hearing to prevent the suspension within 15 days of your arrest. Our Travis County misdemeanor DWI lawyer can attend the hearing with you to defend your driving privileges. Contact us today to learn more about the hearing.

Resolving Charges With Pretrial Diversion

If you are facing misdemeanor DWI charges, you might be eligible for Travis County’s pretrial diversion program. In order to be approved, you must have a clean criminal record without any previous convictions. Also, you will have to show that you’re willing to accept responsibility for the arrest and admit guilt. Then, you will go over the conditions, which might include community service, educational programs, fees, and regular reporting. If you agree and meet all the terms, the judge will dismiss your case at the end of the program. However, if you do not complete the program, the charges will stand. First, go over the program in greater detail with our Travis County misdemeanor DWI lawyer.

Your attorney will help you weigh the pros and cons and explain the program in detail.

 

Should You Go to Trial?

Your Travis County misdemeanor DWI lawyer will weigh the evidence and advise you on your options. If you have a strong defense, your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to try to get the case dismissed. If the prosecutor refuses to budge, your attorney can present your case in court if you wish. Your lawyer will provide guidance, but you’ll make the final decision.

On the other hand, if the evidence against you is strong, you might choose to enter a guilty plea instead of taking the case to trial. Again, your attorney will go over the benefits and drawbacks to help you make an informed decision, but the choice is yours. Contact us today to speak directly with an attorney. The lawyer can explain your options, including going to trial, pleading, or attempting to get the charges dismissed or reduced.

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