DWI Lawyer Houston
Did you know that if you are at least 21 years old, it is not necessarily illegal to drink alcohol and drive a motor vehicle? Think about it. Bars usually have parking lots. Restaurants serve alcohol to diners knowing that they will get in their cars and drive away. The law allows a person of age to drink, and it allows a person of age to drive after drinking. What it does not allow is a person, regardless of age, to operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated.
DWI cases in Houston almost always begin with a traffic stop of a moving vehicle, though not all do. An officer needs reasonable suspicion to stop your car, and breaking any of the thousands of our traffic laws can be enough. Once that officer smells or suspects that you have had alcohol (or drugs), he/she will order you out of the car and ask you to take a series of tests called Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. At this point you are probably pretty nervous, and you can expect to hear the officer give you a series of instructions, often in a quick and confusing manner, as to what he/she wants you to do. The officer is supposed to demonstrate the tests, and may make them look pretty easy. If you choose to take these tests, it is totally up to the officer to decide whether or not you will be arrested.
If you are arrested, you can expect that the officer will ask you for a sample of your breath, blood, or both. If either test comes back with a level of .08 BAC (blood alcohol content) or more, then the prosecutor will use that as evidence of your being legally intoxicated later on in your case. If an officer does not detect the presence of alcohol, but suspects that you are under the influence of drugs, you may be asked for a sample of your urine to be tested for the presence of drugs.
Free Consultation with a Houston DWI Attorney
A DWI arrest does not just affect your freedom. It can have serious consequences on your driver’s license, which can seriously impact your career, your family life, and other needs that you have in our car-dependent society. Apart from driver’s license suspensions, someone with a DWI conviction will end up paying thousands of dollars in surcharges to the state, and be made to deal with a series of other expenses associated with a conviction for DWI. Not only that, you can expect your auto insurance premiums to rise, and may even lose the ability to travel to certain foreign countries (such as Canada) with this type of conviction on your record.
I have successfully tried or handled many Houston DWI cases involving breath tests, blood tests, and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. I strive to achieve the best possible result for my clients facing the various types of intoxicated driving charges. I understand how important it is to fight for a client in the courtroom and beyond. I will work with you on driver’s license suspensions, surcharges, and other consequences of being charged with a DWI in Houston.
I am ready to handle your DWI case. Call (281) 204-8077 today to schedule your free consultation.