If you are convicted of a Bellaire, TX DWI, you could face serious, lifelong repercussions. If the police believe you were drinking and driving, you could go to jail, lose your license, and face fines. In addition to the criminal penalties, your career, reputation, and families could also experience consequences.
Do not waste time. As soon as possible after your arrest, call Blass Law for a confidential case evaluation. A Bellaire DWI defense lawyer can help you fight the charges you face. You can reach our DWI team at (713) 225-1900.
You Do Not Have to Fail Breath Testing to Get a DWI in Texas
At Blass Law, we can help you fight Bellaire DWI charges, no matter the circumstances that led to your arrest. In general, you may face an arrest and DWI charges if a law enforcement officer pulled you over and found:
- Your breath or blood tested at .08% or above blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- The police believe your appearance and behaviors indicate intoxication
There are also several related crimes they could charge you with in relation to a drunk driving stop. If you are under the legal drinking age and have detectable alcohol in your system, you could face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Open container charges are also common. If you refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, you can face additional charges.
Blass Law Can Help You Fight for a Favorable Outcome
Criminal defense attorney Jay Cohen has never worked for the prosecutor’s office and never fought against those who face DWIs and related charges. He has always been on the side of people just like you. He and his team can go to work today to protect your rights and build a strong defense on your behalf.
Cohen and his team at Blass Law provide every client with strategic, aggressive representation. We understand that your livelihood, reputation, relationship with your family, and future opportunities are on the line, and we believe they are worth defending. We can answer any questions you have and help you understand the defenses that may be available to you based on the facts of your case. Then, your Bellaire DWI defense lawyer can build a strategy that gives you the best chance at clearing your name.
Call Blass Law today at (713) 225-1900. Our initial case evaluations are always confidential.
A Texas DWI Comes With Serious Consequences
Before you go to court for a Texas DWI, you will face an administrative license revocation (ALR) that strips you of your driving privileges. The police officer who arrests you will take your license and issue you a temporary permit. The ALR is automatic and separate from your criminal case.
The only way to avoid the suspension is to challenge it in an administrative hearing. A Bellaire DWI defense lawyer can help you request this hearing from the Texas Department of Public Safety and represent you if you contact us with sufficient time to do so.
What are the first-time penalties when a person gets their first DWI?
If you get convicted of DWI, the loss of your license because of the ALR will likely take a backseat to other, more serious consequences. As a first-time offender, penalties may include:
- A $2,000 maximum fine
- Three days to six months in jail
- An additional license suspension, up to one year
In some cases, you may be able to get probation—called community supervision—instead of some or all of these penalties. This could require you to commit to a certain number of hours of community service, attend alcohol education classes, report regularly to a probation officer, and more. However, it could keep you out of jail and allow you to continue working or going to school.
Additional Charges Call for Extra Penalties
If you have a previous DWI conviction, you could face more serious consequences. This could include 30 days to one year in jail and up to $4,000 in fines for a second offense. A third offense may warrant a felony charge, leading to two to 10 years in state prison and fines up to $10,000.
Getting a DWI with a child in the car is also a felony offense. Your sentence, if convicted, could include six months to two years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000 according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
You will likely also face additional penalties when sentenced if you had an open container in your vehicle or if you tested at .15 percent BAC or higher.
If you caused an accident that resulted in injury or death, you can face intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter charges. Intoxication assault penalties include two to 10 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and a potential two-year license suspension. Penalties for intoxication manslaughter include between two and 20 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and a potential two-year license suspension.
We Will Help You Fight Bellaire DWI Accusations
We can protect your rights while we build a strong case and defend you against the allegations you face. There is no time to waste. We need to get to work quickly on your case. You can count on career criminal defense attorney Jay Cohen to represent you in questioning, your ALR hearing, and any necessary criminal court appearances.
We may be able to get the charges dropped, work out a plea deal, fight the charges in court, or negotiate a probated sentence and community supervision on your behalf. Let us go to work on your case today.
Reach Out to Blass Law About Your Bellaire DWI Today
Blass Law is here to help if law enforcement officers in Bellaire arrested you on accusations of drunk driving or a related charge. Our team handles DWI charges in and around Houston, including Bellaire and Rice Village.
Call us today at (713) 225-1900 for a confidential case review with a member of our team.