Dedicated Protection Of Your Rights After A Drunk Driving Arrest
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime anywhere in the country and here in Texas. Courts prosecute alleged offenders very aggressively, and the consequences for a conviction can be harsh. If you are facing DWI charges, having a knowledgeable lawyer on your side who can fight for your freedom is essential.
You have Willhelm Law Firm, an Abilene law firm, on your side with the insight and dedication you need to fight the criminal charges you are facing. With nearly 30 years of experience handling a range of criminal law and other legal matters, attorney Kevin Willhelm is committed to helping you through this difficult time in order to move forward toward a fresh start.
Consequences For A DWI Conviction
If you are convicted of a drunk driving charge, you will face a range of consequences. In addition to those listed below, your DWI will also appear on your criminal record, visible to potential employers, possible landlords, home or personal loan lenders, and the general public.
- First-offense DWI: You will face from six to 180 days in jail, the suspension of your driver’s license for 90 days to one year and monetary fines of up to $2,000.
- Second-offense DWI: You will face from one month to one year in jail, the suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of a year and monetary fines of up to $4,000.
- Third-offense DWI: You will face from two to 10 years in prison, the suspension of your driver’s license for one to two years and monetary fines of up to $10,000.
Examining All Aspects Of The Case
As part of our strategy, we always undertake a thorough investigation of your criminal case and charges, beginning with the traffic stop that led to your arrest. We fully examine any police reports and statements from the stop to understand why you were stopped and if it was legal. We scrutinize all actions by law enforcement to uncover any instances where the proper procedure was violated. We also examine the results of any field sobriety tests that were performed. Our firm looks at all of these aspects to determine if your constitutional rights were violated at any time and what bearing those potential violations have on your DWI case.