Arrests for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be complicated. The way Texas laws work, the arresting police officer only needs an opinion that your behaviors indicate you are driving impaired to arrest you. Many people are not sure how to fight this type of situation and instead face lifelong repercussions that may have been avoidable.
If your traffic stop or accident occurred in Sugar Land, other areas southwest of Houston, or greater Fort Bend County, the Blass Law team is here to help. Do not waste time. Take action today. We offer complimentary and confidential case evaluations. Call (713) 225-1900 to learn how a Sugar Land DWI defense lawyer can help you.
Blass Law Knows How Texas DWI Cases Work
Blass Law’s Jay Cohen has spent his entire career as a criminal defense lawyer. He has not worked in the prosecutor’s office or served as a judge, working to put people behind bars. Instead, he has always been on the side of the people, the side of the individual facing charges.
In addition, Cohen is a certified practitioner and instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, so he knows the tests and proper protocols law enforcement must follow to build a case against someone for DWI or another alcohol-related offense under TX § 49.01. He and the rest of the Blass Law team will provide strategic, aggressive representation, protecting your rights and limiting the impact this has on your future.
We offer confidential case reviews. Let us help you understand your legal options and answer any questions you may have. Call us today at (713) 225-1900.
We Understand Sugar Land, Texas DWI Laws
Under Texas law, there are two ways you can face a DWI arrest:
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing confirms your BAC was at .08 percent or above
A law enforcement officer believes your behaviors and driving ability indicate impairment
While BAC testing certainly is not infallible and we can often challenge it in court, you could still face charges and a conviction because a police officer has reason to believe that you are intoxicated following a traffic stop or accident. We know what it takes to get a more favorable outcome and protect your rights during this process.
A Sugar Land DWI defense lawyer can also help you if you face other drunk driving or alcohol-related charges. This includes:
A driving under the influence (DUI) charge for having any detectable alcohol in your bloodstream under the age of 21
Open container violations
DWI with a child passenger
Boating while intoxicated
Intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter
It is also important to note that most of these charges come with an automatic administrative license revocation (ALR) that goes into effect regardless of the outcome of your criminal case. Call us in the first hours or days following your arrest for help challenging this license revocation.
Possible Consequences of a Sugar Land, TX DWI Conviction
There are serious consequences you could face if they convict you of a DWI charge related to your Sugar Land arrest. This could include:
Fines of up to $2,000
Three days to six months in county jail
Fines of up to $4,000
30 days to one year in county jail
Third or Subsequent Offenders
After the third or subsequent offense, you could face a felony conviction. The sentence could include:
Fine up to $10,000
Two to ten years in state prison
Additional charges or enhanced charges could mean additional jail time or fines. This could include having an open container of alcohol in your vehicle or a BAC that tests at 0.15 or higher. Felony charges are possible as well. These could include:
DWI with a child passenger
We Will Create a Defense Strategy Based on the Circumstances of Your Case
No matter whether you face charges for DWI, implied consent under TX § 724.001, or both, the Blass Law team can develop a defense strategy to protect your rights and pursue a more favorable outcome in your case. There are many ways we can help you avoid conviction, or the harshest penalties associated with a Sugar Land DWI. This may include:
Proving your innocence before prosecutors file charges
Presenting evidence to get charges dropped or reduced
Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge
Taking your case to trial and getting an acquittal
If we are not able to avoid a conviction based on the facts of your case, we will work to reduce the impact the penalties you face have on your life. This could mean attempting to negotiate a lighter sentence or asking for probation instead of jail time. A probated sentence could help you get your life back to normal sooner, although you will have to regularly report to a probation officer and follow other terms of your probation.
Talk to a Sugar Land DWI Defense Lawyer
The Sugar Land DWI team from Blass Law offers confidential case evaluations for individuals who face drunk driving and related charges in Harris or Fort Bend County. We can go to work today, protecting your rights and ensuring they remain protected throughout this process.
We can take on your ALR appeal, fight the criminal charges against you, and may be able to help you apply for an occupational license to reinstate some of your driving privileges later on. Call (713) 225-1900 today to discuss your case with a member of our team. We are ready to go to work on your case today.