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Brown County DWI Lawyers 

Defending Clients Facing Drunk Driving Charges in Texas 

We all know how aggressive law enforcement is when it comes to DWI. With so many resources dedicated to removing impaired drivers from the roadways, it is not uncommon for a motorist to face DWI charges.

At Woodley & Dudley, we can help you or your loved one defend against these serious accusations. Our Brown County DWI defense lawyers have decades of experience handling DWI cases throughout Central Texas.  

Are you facing a DWI charge in Texas? Call Woodley & Dudley today at (325) 246-3250 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our DWI attorneys in Brown County!

Texas DWI Laws

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a severe offense in Texas, and the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or higher. A driver can also be charged with a DWI if alcohol or drugs impair them, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, and illegal drugs. It is important to note that any substance impairs a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely can result in a DWI charge.

Additionally, a person under 21 is caught driving with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system and can be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). This is also known as a "zero-tolerance" policy, as any alcohol in their system is considered a violation of the law.

What are the Penalties for a DWI in Texas?

Being charged with a DWI in Texas is a serious offense, and the penalties for a conviction can vary based on the severity of the offense and the number of prior convictions.

First-time DWI offense:

  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • A license suspension for up to one year
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle

Second DWI offense:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fines of up to $4,000
  • A license suspension for up to two years
  • Required attendance at alcohol education or treatment programs
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle

Third DWI offense:

  • A third-degree felony charge, carrying penalties of up to 10 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • A license suspension for up to two years
  • Required attendance at alcohol education or treatment programs
  • Required installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle

With DWI charges, it is important to understand that there may be more consequences to your life than simply the criminal penalties that apply in the event of a conviction. You will face increased insurance costs. You will have to pay additional fees in order to regain your license. You could lose your job if you are required to have a clean driving record. 

If you are facing a DWI charge in Texas, consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential. Our Brown County DWI attorney can help you understand your rights and options and work to minimize the potential consequences of a DWI conviction.

Common Defenses Against DWI Charges

If you're facing DWI charges in Texas, there are several defenses that a skilled criminal defense attorney can use to fight the charges. Here are some common defenses:

  • Challenging the legality of the traffic stop
  • Questioning the accuracy of field sobriety tests or breathalyzer results
  • Challenging the reliability of blood test results
  • Challenging the credibility of witnesses or evidence
  • Arguing that the defendant's actions did not meet the legal definition of "driving while intoxicated."
  • Claiming that the defendant was not physically controlling the vehicle at the time of the offense.
  • Arguing that the defendant's constitutional rights were violated during the arrest or investigation
  • Arguing that the defendant's behavior was due to a medical condition rather than intoxication
  • Arguing that the defendant's behavior was the result of being under duress or coercion

It's important to note that the best defense strategy will depend on the unique circumstances of each case. That's why working with an experienced DWI attorney in Brown County who can evaluate your situation and develop a tailored defense plan is crucial. 

Comprehensive DWI Representation

We have defended many motorists who have found themselves in the same situation that you are now. We take aggressive action to build a strong case that protects your license. 

Some of the things that we assist with in DWI cases include:

  • Reviewing the facts of the arrest to determine if the officer acted appropriately throughout the stop
  • Analyzing the Breathalyzer to see if it is in proper working order
  • Checking the officer’s qualifications to ensure that he or she is able to use the Breathalyzer in the correct manner
  • Working with you in the administrative license suspension hearing to help you protect your license
  • Negotiating with prosecutors to help you reduce or lessen the charges you are facing
  • Trying your case in the event we cannot find a deal that protects your best interests

Before you make any decisions about your future, take the time to talk to one of our attorneys about the options that are realistically available to you. We will work together with you to arrive at a strategy focused on your specific goals in your case.

Sealing and Expunging a DWI in Texas

If you have been convicted of a DWI in Texas, you may wonder if there is any way to erase the offense from your record. Fortunately, Texas law allows for the sealing and expunging of certain criminal records, including DWI convictions. Here's what you need to know about sealing and expunging a DWI in Texas:

Sealing a DWI Record

Sealing a criminal record means that it will no longer be publicly accessible, but it will still exist. In Texas, you may be eligible to seal your DWI record if:

  • You were placed on deferred adjudication for the offense
  • You completed the deferred adjudication program
  • You have not been convicted of another offense since completing the program
  • You have not been placed on deferred adjudication for another offense since completing the program

Expunging a DWI Record

Expunging a criminal record means destroying it as if it never existed. In Texas, you may be eligible to expunge your DWI record if:

  • You were arrested for the offense but not convicted
  • You were acquitted of the offense
  • The charges were dismissed
  • The grand jury no-billed the case

It's important to note that not all DWI convictions are eligible for sealing or expungement, and the process can be complex. That's why working with a Brown County DWI lawyer who can guide you through the process and help you understand your options is crucial. 

Contact Our Brown County DWI Attorneys Today 

The consequences can be severe if you are facing a DWI charge in Texas. That is why it is essential to seek the guidance of an experienced Brown County DWI lawyer who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights. At Woodley & Dudley, our team of skilled criminal defense attorneys has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the strongest defense possible. We understand the gravity of a DWI charge and will work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.

Contact Woodley & Dudley today to schedule a consultation with one of our DWI lawyers in Brown County! 

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