Have you been arrested for
driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas? If so, you may be panicking right about now. You may be
worried about jail, a criminal record, fines, your auto insurance premiums,
your job, your family, and so on.
If you were arrested for DWI, pause and take a deep breath: A DWI arrest
does not guarantee you’ll be convicted, at least not if you hire
an attorney and fight it. If you accept your fate and don’t put
up a fight, you can reasonably expect the state to win and for you to
face the full wrath of the criminal justice system.
Why You Should Fight
Even if you failed the roadside breath test, failed the field sobriety
tests, and took a blood or breath test down at the station, which indicated
your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the 0.08% legal limit,
that doesn’t mean the case is a slam dunk for the state. You still
may be able to fight the charges and avoid a conviction.
For starters, we can carefully examine the DWI stop and the collection
of evidence to see if everything was done according to state law. All
states can have issues with their labs, so even if your BAC indicated
that there was alcohol in your system, it doesn’t mean that reading
or number was in deed accurate.
Sometimes, it’s smart to have a client’s blood retested in
a different laboratory. Not only that, but Texas has some police offers
who have gotten into trouble, so they may not be the most reliable witnesses.
There are many factors that come into play in a DWI case and those factors
go beyond what happened during the DWI arrest.
Non-Alcohol DWIs in Texas
In Texas, people can get a DWI for substances other than alcohol, such
as lawfully prescribed drugs, illegal drugs, and even over-the-counter
supplements like melatonin, which makes people groggy. Generally, law
enforcement will pull people over when they are weaving, blowing through
red lights and stop signs, ignoring the traffic signs, and driving erratically.
If you’re facing DWI charges for drugs or alcohol, or both in Texas,
don’t throw in the towel. Instead,
contact Derek A. Adame, Attorney at Law for a hard-hitting legal defense.
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