Why should you have an attorney for a DWI charge?

In Texas, there are many different charges you could face if you drink and drive or are accused of doing so. Some include:

  • Driving while intoxicated charges
  • Felony DWI charges
  • Vehicular assault or homicide
  • Underage DWI (under 21)

Something that many people don’t understand is that a DWI can happen even if you’re not over the per se limit of .08%. The authorities do not need to obtain further evidence of intoxication when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over that limit, but being under the limit doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be charged.

You may face a DWI for impairment from illicit or prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or alcohol. Essentially, anything that can impair you could lead to DWI charges.

 Why is it important to work with an attorney if you’re charged with a DWI?

Even if you think that the charges will be dropped or that the police don’t have enough evidence, it is a good idea to work with an attorney after you’re arrested. A DWI is a criminal charge that could lead to imprisonment, heavy fines and an impact on your life socially and economically. You could lose your license and may lose licensing in your field of choice. If you go to school, you could lose scholarships or aid. Some schools will expel or suspend students who have DWIs on their records.

Our website has more information on the importance of working with an attorney if you are charged with a DWI or a related crime. It’s essential that you protect your rights and take steps to have the charges against you dropped or reduced.