Project Description

DWI Defense Attorneys

DWI can be expensive and carry potential jail sentences. Glenn Brenner has prosecuted and defended hundreds of DWI/DUI and BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) cases. Brenner Law P.C. has experience with all types of DWI charges including people who have been charged with driving their boat, motorcycle, bicycle, snowmobile, lawn mower and even riding a horse while intoxicated. Representing people charged in Collin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Sherman, Bonham and all surrounding areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. You won't realize how important your driving privileges are until they are jeopardized with a DWI/DUI conviction. Call us today at (972) 378 - 4961 to speak with an experienced DWI attorney today.

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI/DUI in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, you have just 15 days after notification of a driver's license suspension to challenge the suspension.

To talk with one of our attorneys, call us today at (972)378 - 4961.

Project Details

DWI Penalties: Adults:

Just like it does for minors, Texas assigns DWI penalties for drivers 21 years old or older according to the offense number and other situation-specific factors.

Offenses: DWI Alcohol or Drugs

1st Offense

• Up to a $2,000 fine.

• Jail time between 3 days and 180 days.

• License suspension for up to 2 years

• Annual surcharge up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license

• DWI intervention or education program (see below).

• Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

2nd Offense

• Up to a $4,000 fine.

• Jail time between 1 month and 1 year.

• License suspension up to 2 years.

• Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.

• DWI intervention or education program (see below).

• Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

3rd Offense

• Up to a $10,000 fine.

• State prison time between 2 years and 10 years.

• License suspension up to 2 years.

• Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.

• DWI intervention or education program (see below).

• Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

Administrative Penalties

In Texas you can face other penalties for driving under the influence or refusing a chemical test which are unrelated and in addition to criminal penalties. These penalties are known as Administrative License Revocation (ALR) and are handled by the Department of Public Safety. These are civil penalties which will result in driver's license suspension for failing or refusing a chemical test. These penalties are in addition to of the outcome of criminal court proceedings. Brenner Law P.C. has handled hundreds of Administrative procedures related to revocation and can help get it dismissed or get a person an occupational permit.

DWI with Child Passenger

If you're driving while intoxicated with a child younger than 15 years old in your vehicle, you face:

• Up to a $10,000 fine.

• Jail time up to 2 years.

• License suspension for 180 days.

Extreme DWI Crimes

All DWI offenses are serious, but some are extremely grave, such as intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.

Intoxication Assault

You can be charged with intoxication assault if, while drunk driving, you cause serious bodily injury to another person. For these purposes, Texas considers serious bodily injury to be an injury that causes:

• A significant risk of death.

• Serious and permanent disfigurement or loss.

• Damage that impairs function of a body part or organ.

If you're convicted, you'll have a 3rd degree felony.

Intoxication Manslaughter

As the name suggests, intoxication manslaughter involves killing another human being while you're operating a motor vehicle under the influence. If you're convicted, you'll have a 2nd degree felony.

 

 

Commercial Drivers and DWI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that any commercial driver operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher is considered to be driving under the influence.

If you're a CDL holder and you either refuse a chemical test or take one and have a BAC of:

• 0.04% in your commercial vehicle

• 0.08% or higher in any vehicle

<class "highlight="">your CDL is disqualified for 1 year. If you drive a commercial vehicle placarded for hazardous materials, the penalty is 3 years.

Minimizing the Consequences of a DWI Arrest

In recent years, fines for a DWI conviction have increased dramatically. You also face the probable suspension of your driver's license, sharply higher auto insurance rates and possible jail time. When representing you, Brenner Law P.C. will examine every possible defense strategy that could produce a favorable outcome, including:

  • The legality of the traffic stop and investigation
  • Admissibility of breath and blood test results
  • Violation of your rights before, during and after your arrest

If such a mistake was made in your case, it could result in a dismissal of the DWI charge or reduction to a nonalcohol driving offense. We also work with prosecutors and the court in exploring alternatives to harsh sentences and loss of driving privileges in impaired driving cases.

Fighting your DWI

Breathalyzers are not infallible. Additionally, if an officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull someone over, the charges will likely be thrown out of court. Arresting officers are also required to administer field sobriety tests according to certain prescribed procedures. If they fail to adhere to proper protocol, a DWI/DUI arrest may be thrown out as well. If the circumstances surrounding your DWI/DUI arrest make it advisable to challenge it, we have the investigative and forensic resources needed to expose violations of proper procedure, poorly maintained or improperly calibrated Breathalyzers and violations of your constitutional rights. Whether this is your first DWI arrest or you have one or more prior convictions, Brenner Law P.C. can help. Once you contact us, we will take over your case. We represent our clients in court and in administrative license revocation (ALR) hearings.