Being charged with a DWI is a very serious matter which can result in jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges and more. Harris County Criminal Attorney Andy Nolen has over 20 years experience helping people charged with Driving While Intoxicated or DWI. Attorney Andy Nolen has had over 3000 clients and had over 400 cases dismissed. Many of those dismissals have been DWIs. If you have been charged with DWI, there are a few things you should know:
8 Things You Must Know About DWI:
1. A 1st DWI has a maximum jail sentence of 6 months up to a $2000 fine. A 2nd DWI caries a maximum 1 year jail sentence and a $4000 fine. A 3rd DWI is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
2. All DWI’s can result in loss of your drivers license and restrictions on your ability to drive. The judge may require that you put a breath device on your car that measures any alcohol in your system before you can start your car.
3. You may be required to wear a SCRAM monitor. That stands for Secure Remote Alcohol Monitor. It is a device that you wear on your ankle that measures alcohol in you system. These devices require a deposit and up to $10 a day in monitoring fees. Harris County Attorney Andy Nolen has successfully fought to have his clients NOT wear the device and have the device removed.
4. Your license can be suspended in 2 ways. First, by an Administrative License Revocation or ALR. This is typically where you either refused to blow in an intoxilyzer or blew over the legal limit. The second is by being convicted of a DWI. Your license can be suspended more than once for the same DWI. Harris County DWI Attorney Andy Nolen can help you with both types of suspensions.
5. You cannot get deferred adjudication for a DWI and any conviction for DWI is on your record for life.
6. Any statements you make to a police officer during a DWI stop and arrest will be used against you. You should never admit drinking or even driving for that matter. It is best to say little or nothing.
7. The police can obtain a court order and take blood from you to be tested for alcohol.
8. A DWI can drastically increase your insurance costs.
Harris County Criminal Attorney Andy Nolen can help walk you through the minefield of DWI laws in Texas. DWI is not something that you can handle yourself. You should not just plead guilty because you are offered a probation in court. You may be able to get your case dismissed or reduced. To speak with DWI Attorney Andy Nolen, please call 713-697-4373.