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Defense Against DWI Charges in Houston

A Failed Breath Test Does Not Equal a DWI Conviction

You’re coming home from a night out with friends or family, and suddenly you see red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. A police officer approaches your car and asks you to step out of the car and take some “sobriety” tests. What do you do?

Unfortunately, as the trend nationwide is for states to substantially crack down on drunk or impaired drivers and enact laws that make the penalties for DWI increasingly more severe, Texas is no exception. All too often, an innocent individual with no prior criminal background becomes caught up in a DWI case, simply after having a few drinks. You may have not felt impaired when you chose to drive home, but under the law, the police say you are intoxicated.

You may face DWI charges if:

  • A breath or blood test shows a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater;
  • A blood or urine test shows unlawful quantities of a drug or drugs in your system; or
  • Your abilities are impaired as a result of drugs and/or alcohol.

A “failed” breath test, blood test, or drug test does not have to equal a DWI conviction. Call our Houston DWI attorneys at (713) 426-2244 to see how we can protect your interests.

What are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?

Penalties may vary depending on each DWI charge, but the following are examples of possible drunk driving penalties:

  • Heavy fines - ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 depending the offense being a first, second or third occurrence
  • Jail time - ranging from 6 days to 10 years, depending on the number of the offense
  • License suspension - ranging from 90 days to a year for a first offense, a minimum of a year for a second offense and 1 to 2 years for a third offense
  • Yearly fees - up to $2,000 for 3 years for first, second and third offenses

Experienced DWI Defense Counsel in Harris County, TX

An arrest and criminal charges for DWI in Texas is a serious and frightening process for the average person. A DWI conviction can cost you your job, thousands of dollars in fines, and even your freedom –– all based on the government’s opinion that you were intoxicated. That means you need an aggressive Houston DWI defense lawyer not only trained in criminal law, but an attorney with an expertise specifically in DWI defense, as well.

At the Cogdell Law Firm, we have successfully represented hundreds of citizens accused of DWI in many counties across Texas. In a field in which being up-to-date on the current technology is vital, we bring a combination of proven experience and innovative defense techniques to best represent our clients. Whether yours is a breath test case, a blood-draw case, or a DRE (Drug Recognition Evaluation) case, our trial lawyers have the experience and the knowledge needed to fight your DWI charges.

Our attorneys have been aggressively defending citizens accused of DWI for more than 30 years, and we know what it takes to minimize the chances of conviction in your case. Call (713) 426-2244 to learn more.

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