Many people who get in trouble for drunk driving do not realize that their ability to drive is impaired.
They go out with friends and have a few drinks, and as they are driving home may catch the attention of a police officer for speeding or rolling through a red light.
Once the officer pulls them over, he or she realizes the driver has been drinking, and charges them with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).
If you are facing charges for a DWI or DUI, working with an experienced DWI lawyer can help protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your actions. At the Law Office of Andrew J. Williams, we have over 15 years of experience defending clients throughout the Kingwood and Humble, Texas, area in criminal matters such as drunk driving.
The consequences of driving while intoxicated (DWI) vary depending on other convictions you have had, and consequences get stricter with each conviction. Consequences can include:
Jail time of up to six months for a first offense
Prison sentence of up to one year for a second offense
Two to ten years in prison for subsequent offenses
Potential suspension of drivers’ license
Our Board Certified DWI lawyer, Andrew Williams, will attend all court hearings with clients. If it is necessary, he will subpoena the records, get copies of the video tape from the arrest and the offence report, contact witnesses for witness statements, and file court documents. We pursue many options while representing our clients, including reducing time in jail or probation, negotiations and plea bargains.
Vehicular Assault Drunk-driving charges take an immediate and serious turn when someone gets hurt as a result of the driver’s intoxication. We handle these more serious DWI cases – called intoxication assault– as well.
Impact of a DWI on Your Drivers’ License
If you are convicted of a DWI, your license can be suspended for six months to two years. In addition, if you fail or refuse the breath test, your license can be automatically suspended. From the date of the breath test, you have 15 days to challenge the suspension, which is done through an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. An experienced lawyer such as Andrew Williams can request and attend that hearing, and he can pursue all options to avoid or limit your drivers’ license suspension.
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Attorney Andrew Williams is certified in administering the field sobriety tests, having completed the same certification that police officers have. When he looks at video tapes, he can determine if officers properly administered the test.