Austin, TX Civil and Criminal Trial Lawyers
In the state of Texas, a drunk driving conviction, also known as a DWI or DUI, can have long-term consequences on your future and your freedom. A criminal record for impaired driving can adversely affect your employment and education opportunities. Hiring an experienced, skilled DWI lawyer for your defense can make a crucial difference in the outcome of your impaired driving case.
The attorneys of Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins have deep roots in Texas and we know the Texas laws. With over four decades of experience, we have helped thousands of Texans recover and move on after a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrest.
If you have been arrested in Texas for a DWI or DUI, you need a lawyer on your side that can protect your rights inside Texas courtrooms and during plea negotiations. Our successes in the courtroom and at the settlement table have earned us a reputation as one of the preeminent law firms in Texas.
What Does a DWI / DUI Mean to Me?
In the state of Texas it is a criminal offense to operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated -- and that means you may face fines and possible imprisonment. The state has criminalized drunk driving because studies have shown that drivers' physical and mental faculties become impaired if enough alcohol or drugs are present in the system. A driver is considered intoxicated under the law when his or her blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher.
The Texas penalties for drunk driving vary depending on whether you have prior DWI offenses and other circumstances surrounding the arrest. The basic DWI penalties are:
- First Offense. A fine of $2,000 and / or potential jail time of 3 to 180 days, and a driver's license suspension up to a year.
- Second offense. A maximum fine of $4,000 and / or potential jail time up to a year, and a driver's license suspension up to 2 years.
Given the stiff penalties you can face for a drunk driving conviction, you should take your impaired driving arrest seriously and immediately contact a DWI lawyer to preserve your rights.
We Can Help
Our qualified DWI lawyers may be able to avoid a drunk driving conviction or minimize its impact by reviewing the evidence recovered during the various sobriety tests and assessing the procedures used by law enforcement officials. If the police did not follow proper procedures or made a mistake during your stop, your attorney may have grounds to challenge the arrest.
Our DWI lawyers will work to have the charges you face reduced and keep you out of the courtroom. Using our experience and guidance, we will work tirelessly to minimize the effect the arrest has on your permanent record.
Contact Us Today
In any DWI case, time is of the essence. Protect your rights and your record by contacting us today to schedule a confidential consultation. We can be reached by phone at (512) 476-4873, or through our online form.