Have you been charged with a DWI or DUI? Fighting those charges can become all consuming and ultimately dictate how quickly you can get on with your life, and you want a good lawyer on your team to help. Having a DUI or a DWI on your record can leave you exposed to substantial consequences, including losing your driver’s license, paying fines, increased insurance premiums, or even facing jail time. You could also be the target of fines, or even jail time, especially if this is not the first time you are being charged.
The first thing you need to understand is the difference between a DUI and a DWI. Both terms refer to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. However, there are important differences.
What is a DWI?
Anyone 21 or older driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher can be charged with a DWI. A first-time offense can result in 3 to 180 days of jail time, a fine of up to $2,000, and loss of your driver’s license for up to a year. Later DWIs could be subject to even harsher penalties, which is why it is so important to hire a great lawyer to fight DWI charges. Call us now!
What is a DUI?
A DUI, on the other hand, is charged when someone under 21 is found with any alcohol at all in their system. Young people under 21 can still be charged with a DWI if their blood alcohol content is .08 or higher, but the DUI is an age-specific charge. A DUI carries a fine of up to $500, 20-40 hours of community service, alcohol awareness classes, and a 60-day suspension of your license. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI in Texas, you want to get a good lawyer on your team.
Defending your DUI or DWI charge
No matter which you are being charged with, you need a good lawyer to fight the charge. There are a few common defenses that your lawyer might use:
- The police did not have probable cause to pull you over
- The blood test analysis was wrong
- The break test was not administered correctly
- The field sobriety test was inaccurate
- The officer violated your rights during the arrest
The Williams Firm has plenty of experience fighting DWIs and DUIs in court. You only have up to fifteen days to take action, so you should call us as soon as you can. Our experienced lawyers take pride in treating each and every client like the unique individual that they are. We want to get to know and the specifics of your case so that we can give you the best possible defense. Compassion is key to our firm, and we take pride in ensuring our clients understand exactly what is going on with their case. DUI and DWI cases need to be dealt with quickly, and you want to be protected from possible consequences. That’s why you should call us today so that we can help you understand your rights and return to your life.