Dallas DWI Defense Attorney
Defending Clients' Rights in Texas for Over 20 Years
A DWI charge carries serious consequences, including license suspension,
hefty fines, and even jail time. If you have been charged with DWI in
Texas, protect yourself from harsh penalties by hiring an experienced
Dallas defense attorney who has the skill and knowledge to form an effective case on your behalf.
Attorney Peter Barrett offers his services to clients in the surrounding areas. With 20+ years
of experience and a history of success, our firm has what it takes to
guide you through the legal process with aggressive legal representation.
Act now to
schedule a free consultation.
What Is Considered Driving While Intoxicated?
A driving while intoxicated charge is a criminal offense that prohibits
the operation of a motor vehicles while under the influence of drugs or
alcohol. It is important to note that intoxicated does not necessarily
mean drunk, and is defined as having lost the use of normal brain and
physical function. Intoxication is most commonly gauged by your blood
alcohol content, or BAC. If that level is at or above 0.08% while you
are driving a vehicle, you could be arrested and charged with DWI.
DWI differs from DUI in Texas, as DUI applies only to minors who have a
detectable amount of alcohol in their body. For minors, the BAC amount
is much stricter. Any amount of alcohol found in an underage driver’s
blood can result in a DUI charge.
What Are the Penalties for DWI?
For a first DWI offense, you face the following penalties:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 fines
- 90 to 365 day license suspension
Many sentences result in probation, which means that the charged individual
must meet a number of requirements in order to avoid going to jail, avoid
paying the maximum fine, and avoid a license suspension. However, sentences
can vary greatly from case to case depending on the circumstances. If
you have been charged, your best course of action is to contact a skilled
Dallas DWI attorney as soon as possible. Because our lawyer has the knowledge
to effectively understand your situation, retaining our counsel greatly
increases your chances for avoiding the maximum penalties.
Peter Barrett is prepared to aggressively defend your rights to help avoid
Contact our firm at (214) 307-8667 to make an appointment for a
free case review.