"David Chambers and his team were able to not only get my DWI dismissed, but also the opportunity to have it expunged from my record completely. Chambers and Associates used their vast legal experience to strategically fight for the best available outcome. As one of the associates said to me afterward, "We were hoping for a home run, but we got a Grand Slam." I couldn't be happier with the results and give my highest recommendation to any and all who are in need of their services." - Elizabeth L.
Austin DWI Lawyer-Austin (Travis County)
As dwi criminal defense attorneys in Austin Texas, first and foremost we advise everyone (not just our clients) not to drive after drinking anything.
In Austin, Texas (Travis County) the police take the approach: when in doubt arrest someone and the courts will sort it out. This means if you get stopped and have alcohol on your breath, there is a good chance you are going to jail for DWI even if you’re not intoxicated.
When an officer pulls you over and smells alcohol he (or she) is going to find reasons to arrest you and he will be sneaky too. He may ask you to do some tests to “show him you’re okay to drive home.” DO NOT DO THE TESTS; very politely tell the officer your lawyer has told you to say no. These tests are designed to give the police and prosecutors evidence against you. They do not show that you are sober; they only build a case against you. Next the officer may try to convince to blowing into a machine on the side of the road. He will say the results are not admissible in court. This is more evidence that will be used against you and may help the prosecutor get a conviction.
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DWI – What happens when you are booked in jail?
After you are arrested for DWI the officer will ask for your breath and/or blood. He will ask by reading you a long and confusing form that talks about your driver’s license being suspended. This form says your license will be suspended for 90 days if you’re over .08 or 1 80 days if you refuse his request. At this point, blowing into the machine or giving blood will not help you get out of jail. Even if the results are under .08 you are still ar- rested. Agreeing to give breath or blood means you are giving the prosecutors even more evidence to use against you in court. And this evidence, by itself, is enough for the judge or jury to find you guilty. This why you always hear people say DON’T BLOW.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM ARRESTED?
If you’re reading this it’s probably too late. You or someone you know has been arrested for DWI in Austin Texas.
Should I Get A Lawyer?
The first call you need to make is to a qualified and experienced lawyer. I am/We are that lawyer. Our team has handled thousands of DWI cases in Travis County and Central Texas.
How Can A Lawyer Help With A DWI?
Our first goal is to get your case DISMISSED. Because of our hard work and expertise we have some of the best results in Travis County.
What does a criminal defense lawyer in Austin Texas do to defend a dwi?
We look at your case to see if the officer did anything wrong. If we find a mistake this can be used to get your DWI case dropped. Next, we watch your video and review the police reports to see if the prosecutors can prove you were intoxicated. We use our experience and work with the prosecutors to convince them to dismiss your DWI.
What are the charges or penalties for dwi?
It is important to works towards a dismissal on your DWI for several reasons. First, DWI's are enhanceable. This means the penalties and punishments increase after each conviction. If you ever get a second DWI the jail time and fine can double. A third DWI is a felony and can lead to 10 years in prison. Second, you may have an additional license suspension. Some DWI convictions mandate an additional license suspension. This suspension means you can only drive with an occupational driver's license. Third, if you are convicted of a DWI you will have to pay surcharges of $3,000 - $6,000 to keep your license. Avoiding a conviction in your DWI case means you don't worry about these at all.Maximum DWI Punishments
- First DWI 180 days in jail and $2,000 fine
- DWI with BAC .15 1 year in jail and $4,000 fine
- Second DWI 1 year in jail and $4,000 fine
- Third DWI 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine
How often do dui cases get dismissed?
With the help of a good lawyer you can almost certainly avoid any jail time. It is the rare case when one of our clients has to serve any time in jail, unless they want to.
A first DWI is punishable up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Our clients almost never get worse than probation and do not have to consider 180 days in jail or a fine near $2,000. Instead of probation, sometimes our clients would rather serve a weekend in jail to completely finish their case. This is usually the only time we discuss any jail time with our clients.