DWI/DUI - Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under The Influence

Charged With Drunk Driving? Contact A Defense Lawyer Now

Drunk driving is a crime for adults in Texas. Driving after consuming any alcohol at all is a crime for drivers under age 21. The defense of someone charged with DWI or DUI is a serious matter even for a first offense. A conviction will leave a person with a criminal record on top of other penalties and negative consequences such as more expensive car insurance.

Note: You must request a hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 15 days if you hope to keep or recover your driving privileges. There is no time to waste after a DWI or DUI arrest. Talk to a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.

What Does It Take For The State To Convict Someone Of DWI Or DUI?

To convict someone aged 21 or older of an offense, the police and a prosecutor will seek to demonstrate that he or she was driving while intoxicated (DWI). This is legally defined as having a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher., or demonstrably impaired by drugs.

By contract, to convict someone aged 20 or younger of an offense, it is only necessary to demonstrate that the young person had any degree of alcohol or drugs in his or her body. There is no need to demonstrate that the under-age-21 driver was impaired. Any evidence of consumption of drugs or alcohol will bring about stiff penalties, including driver's license suspension of up to a year and mandatory attendance at an alcohol education program after a first offense.

What Does It Take To Defend Oneself Effectively After A DWI Or DUI Arrest?

Whether you are over age 21 and charged with DWI or under age 21 and charged with DUI, it is essential that you work with an experienced, confident defense lawyer who will:

  • Make sure you clearly understand the charges against you
  • Take action right away to help preserve or restore your driving privileges
  • Prepare diligently for a vigorous defense before a prosecutor, judge or jury to help prevent a conviction and resulting criminal record
  • Pursue the best outcome available at all stages of your case, both at the Department of Motor Vehicle administrative hearing and in your criminal case
  • Make sure you understand how to fulfill your end of the deal if a prosecutor gives you a second chance

Contact A Texas Attorney Right Away After A DWI Or DUI Arrest

The attorneys of Griffith & Dominguez in San Antonio have successfully represented many Texans accused of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are prepared to work hard to help you keep your driver's license, keep you out of jail and protect your clean record. To get a strong defense underway on your behalf as soon as possible, call 210-899-4588 or email us through this website.