Aggressive Fort Worth DWI Defense Attorneys
Offering Comprehensive & Personalized Guidance in Arlington & Tarrant County
A single DWI conviction in Texas can find you facing any number of consequences, from driver’s license suspension and ignition interlock devices to DWI intervention programs and community service. The longer you wait to hire an experienced Fort Worth DWI defense lawyer, the harder it will be to obtain a favorable resolution to your case. At Goza & Carreras, Attorneys at Law, we utilize more than 35 years of combined legal experience when looking at all angles to find the best arguments to put forth in your case.
Consequences of a DWI Conviction in Texas
Numerous factors can affect the consequences you face if you are convicted of the charges against you, such as how much alcohol was in your system, whether or not there were young passengers, and how many DWI convictions you have had in the past.
The different convictions come with different consequences:
- First-offense DWI: A first-offense DWI is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas. It carries with it a jail sentence of 3 to 180 days, a fine up to $2,000, and license suspension ranging from 90 days to one year.
- Multiple-offense DWI: If you are convicted of a second subsequent drunk-driving offense, you may face years in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, extended license suspension, and the requirement of using an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
- Felony DWI: A felony DWI on your record could land you in prison for up to 10 years and incur fines of up to $10,000. You could find your driving privileges revoked for life, along with numerous other life-altering consequences.
- Underage DWI: Youthful offenders charged with underage drinking find themselves facing criminal consequences and numerous collateral consequences that can make employment, housing, school loans, and other opportunities incredibly difficult. We can help protect your rights and your future.
Implied Consent: Should You Take the Breathalyzer Test or Blood Test?
When you received your driver’s license and got behind the wheel, you agreed to Texas’ implied consent law. That means you have already agreed, in advance, to take any alcohol or drug test that a law enforcement officer reasonably requests.
Refusal to take a test could result in automatic license suspension. To get your driving privileges back, you need to request an administrative hearing within 15 days of the date of refusal. This hearing occurs outside of criminal court but can be handled by a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.
We Offer Concierge-Level Legal Services
Criminal charges can have a far-reaching impact on your professional career. We do everything within our power to limit that impact.
Our enhanced legal services include management of all aspects of your defense, as well as:
- Flexible meeting arrangements: Your privacy and emotional state is our utmost concern. To protect you from unnecessary stress and public exposure, we are happy to meet with you in your home or another private location when necessary.
- In-court representation: Certain court appearances do not require your physical presence. Whenever possible, we appear on your behalf, allowing you to avoid the stress and exposure of public court proceedings.
- Supportive advice: A DWI arrest may harm your professional license or employee contract. We help you explore the potential impact your arrest or conviction may have and take steps to mitigate the damage.
Minimize the Consequences. Call Our Firm Immediately.
Our experienced Fort Worth DWI attorneys know how to handle both the administrative and criminal aspects of your DWI arrest. We represent clients dealing with DWI charges and arrests throughout Arlington and Tarrant County. Call us as soon as possible after your arrest to get the help you need to stay out of jail, keep your license, and protect your record.
Learn more about how we can help by calling our office today at (817) 402-2188 for a confidential consultation.