DWI TEXAS LAWYER
DWI TEXAS LAWYER
DWI TEXAS LAWYER
DWI TEXAS LAWYER

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If you have been arrested for Drunk Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, DWI or DUI, you need the legal advice and assistance of an experienced Texas DWI Lawyer or DWI Attorney. Call John W. Armstrong III, Attorney at Law, from Austin to San Antonio, all of Central Texas and the I-35 Corridor area to begin protecting your rights TODAY. John Armstrong can help you. John defends DWI cases in the above cities and their surrounding counties, including: Bell County, Williamson County, Travis County, Hays County, Comal County, Bastrop County and Caldwell County. The major cities in those counties follow: Bell County = Belton, Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Salado and Temple; Williamson County = Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Hutto, Taylor, Liberty Hill; Travis County = Pflugerville, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Manor, Austin; Hays County = Buda, Kyle, San Marcos; Comal County = New Braunfels; Bastrop = Bastrop, Smithville; Caldwell County = Lockhart, Luling.

The laws in Texas regarding Driving While Intoxicated (DWI-DUI) or Drunk Driving have changed dramatically and are very strict. You are facing potential jail time and driver's license suspension. You need the advice of an experienced and aggressive Texas DWI Lawyer immediately to begin protecting your rights and save your driver's license privileges. While you are here, you need to . . .

Get the facts and know the law from a Texas Attorney for dwi defense in Austin to San Antonio, all of Central Texas and the I-35 Corridor area.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Texas

Just the Facts Ma'am...

DWI FACT:

Approximately 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 135 licensed drivers in the United States (2004 data not yet available). 1

DWI FACT:

Over 22,000 people per year are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated along the I-35 Corridor in Central Texas specifically in Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Lee, McLennon, Travis, and Williamson counties). 2

DWI FACT:

If you are trying to get a friend or loved one out the Travis County Jail in Austin, Texas please call (877) SAY-NADA or 877-729-6232 immediately for assistance. We answer our phones 24 hours a day. We will go to the Travis County Jail and process the necessary paperwork to get your friend or loved one out of jail. Our fees are affordable and you will find my office very helpful through this difficult time. There are several different types of bonds that can be posted to get someone out of jail - Personal Bond, Cash Bond, Surety Bond or even a Hobby Release if you are trying to get someone out of jail in the middle of the night if they have been arrested for DWI.

DWI FACT:

You have fifteen (15) days after a police officer, in Texas, arrests you for Driving While Intoxicated in which to request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) from the Texas Department of Public Safety in order to try to save your driving privileges. If you do not request a hearing within the fifteen (15) day time period your driver’s license will be suspended on the fortieth (40th) day following your arrest.

DWI FACT:

You have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions. You should never answer the officer’s questions regarding your impairment or the amount you had to drink.

DWI FACT:

In Texas, field sobriety testing is voluntary. You do not have to take any field sobriety tests whether roadside or at the police station.

DWI FACT:

The Intoxilyzer machine is a large machine and is housed at the police station. If the officer pulls out a handheld device, commonly referred to as a “Portable Breath Test” device or “PBT”, you are not required to blow in the device nor will your driver’s license be suspended for refusing to blow into the device. In fact, in Texas, the actual results of this test are not admissible in Court at your trial.

DWI FACT:

In Texas the sampling of blood, breath and urine are the three ways law enforcement officers measure the alcohol content in an individual’s body. In most situations you do not have to submit to any of these tests, unless you are under a direct court order.

DWI FACT:

If you are interviewing an attorney about your DWI case and the attorney does not mention or discuss representing you at the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearing as part of his or her representation of you in the DWI case then you are not talking with an experienced DWI lawyer.

DWI FACT:

If you plead guilty you will be giving up many important rights. Do not do it unless directly advised to do so by a lawyer representing you and your best interests.

Driving While Intoxicated or “DWI”

is a very serious offense in Texas. The individual arrested today in Texas for Driving While Intoxicated, commonly referred to as DWI, faces bewildering procedures and potentially devastating punishments, i.e., suspension of driving privileges, fines, and/or jail, or prison if there are injuries, particularly if this is not that person’s first time being charged with Driving While Intoxicated as well as surcharges and devastating administrative fees. Sometimes the punishments can be more severe than some felony offenses not to mention employment opportunities destroyed as well as automobile insurance costs soaring through the roof. You should remember, DWI is the only criminal offense that uses subjective evidence for convictions — i.e., the evidence against an individual is based on the personal belief of the arresting police officer for the few minutes they are around each other.

If you or someone you know is charged with Driving While Intoxicated, the case should be discussed with an attorney who handles DWIs as opposed to someone who has handled a few or whose work is mainly some other area of the law. An attorney can discuss the specific facts of the arrest, and review the evidence that the prosecutors will rely upon at trial. In many cases, there are valid legal defenses available to these charges, and an attorney experienced in handling DWI cases is best prepared to present these defenses to the court. Contrary to popular belief, some experts as well as this author believe that both the breath machines (Intoxilyzer 5000) as well as the field sobriety tests administered by police in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI-DUI) cases are inaccurate and unreliable.

This website is designed to give you information and an overview of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) law in Texas. Do not rely on it for legal advice, as it is not intended to help you represent yourself in your own DWI case. Neither will this website tell you how to “get off” of a DWI in the future. Please remember, every case is different depending on the facts. Be sure to consult a lawyer for your specific case.

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1. http://www.madd.org/stats/0,1056,1784,00.html (NHTSA) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics & Analysis, Research & Development; Traffic Safety Facts 2003, Overview DOT HS 809 606
2. http://www.tcada.state.tx.us/research/statistics/index.shtml Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse- Mean of statistics from 1998-2006. (Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Lee, McLennon, Travis, and Williamson counties).

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