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Arrested for DWI in Texas, What's Next?


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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