San Antonio DWI Attorney
Drunk Driving Charges in San Antonio
Under state law, an individual who is arrested for drinking and driving may either be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). The difference between DWI and DUI has to do with the age of the driver. Underage drivers - younger than 21 years - can be charged with driving under the influence when they are caught behind the wheel with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. Charges of driving while intoxicated, on the other hand, is charged when the driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more, or when his or her abilities are demonstrated to be impaired by alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Penalties for Drunk Driving in San Antonio
The sentence you can receive for drinking and driving depends on several factors including the number of times you have previously been convicted, whether there was a child in the vehicle, and whether you are accused of causing injury or death in a collision. A first-time DWI, for example, carries a possible sentence of:
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Between 3 and 180 days in jail
- A 1-year driver's license suspension
- Up to $2,000 in annual fines in order to retain your driver's license
If, on the other hand, you are charged with intoxication manslaughter, you can be sentenced to spend between 2 and 20 years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines. This is one of the most severe charges you can receive related to DWI charges and it is imperative that no matter what type of accusation you are facing, that you have adequate defense lawyer working on your behalf.With over a decade of experience, a
10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and inclusion in the list of
Texas' Super Lawyers® Rising StarsSM from 2009-2013, it is evident that my experience and knowledge have been a huge asset in helping others retain positive case results.
Strategies for Fighting DWI / DUI Charges
The most important thing to know about drunk driving charges is that you can fight back. Whatever type of DWI / DUI you are charged with, a
San Antonio DWI attorney may be able to clear your name by disputing the validity of the breath and blood tests, such as by demonstrating that the breathalyzer was out of calibration and therefore incapable of providing a reliable sample. Similarly, video footage from the police car dashboard video camera may be useful in showing that you did not actually fail the roadside
field sobriety tests.
It may even be possible to have the charges thrown out by revealing that the police officer violated your constitutional rights by pulling you over without probable cause. The key is to understand your rights and to hire a lawyer who is ready to fight for you.
Contact me now at the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski for a
free case evaluation so that I can begin working on a defense strategy for you! I have achieved complete case dismissals and reduced the charges against my past clients. Call my office at
(210) 201-7821 before it is too late!
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