After a DWI arrest, there are a lot of mistakes that a person can make, which in turn can lead to a criminal conviction. Don’t let it happen to you! Read below for 10 helpful tips on what NOT to do when you’ve been arrested for intoxicated driving, then call The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw to get the DWI defense attorney you need.
Getting arrested is no laughing matter. You need to always act respectfully toward law enforcement to ensure that they in turn treat you with respect. It is also important to remember that a DWI conviction will affect you for the rest of your life. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is required to keep your DWI on file forever, because it could be enhanced by subsequent DWI charges in the future. Your insurance is also likely to go up because of a DWI. Do not take a DWI charge lightly. It is a very serious matter.
Do not ever think that you will be fine without a lawyer. The criminal justice system is flawed and the prosecution will fight hard for a conviction. Only an attorney who is familiar with every little detail of your case and who has a solid record of success will be able to help you. The sooner you hire a DWI lawyer in Allen, TX, the higher your chances are of a successful defense, so call the firm immediately if you’ve been arrested.
You are understandably concerned about affording a lawyer, but do not choose a lawyer simply because their fee is within your budget. Remember, if you are convicted, you could go to jail and will face thousands of dollars in fines. Hire a DWI attorney based on their experience, their success record, their recognitions, and their dedication to you and your case.
Your license is confiscated when you are arrested for DWI and will be suspended for 90 - 180 days unless you request a hardship license. You need to act quickly to request an ALR hearing for a temporary license in order to ensure that you are still allowed to drive while your criminal DWI case is pending. If you are convicted of intoxicated driving, then your license could be suspended for up to 2 years (or permanently revoked, depending on the charges).
Even if you do not obtain a temporary hardship license, do not ever attempt to drive on a suspended license. If you are caught doing this by a police officer, you will face the same penalties as a first DWI, but on top of the penalties you were already facing for your DWI charges. If convicted of driving while license suspended, then you will face fines, possible jail time, and an even longer period of license suspension than if you had been convicted of DWI alone.
If you do not legally request for your arresting officer to appear at your ALR hearing (by subpoena), then your case will be decided based on the officer’s report alone. Having the officer there to testify in person allows your attorney to ask questions and get further evidence to use as an argument in your defense. Make sure the officer is present at your hearing.
The D.A. will probably make an offer very quickly, but it’s not to your benefit – it’s to get your case out of the way quickly and with as little work as possible. Very few of these first offers reduce the charge to a non-alcohol charge, and accepting such an offer does not give a judge the opportunity to rule on a constitutional challenge. Don’t take the offer. Hire a DWI lawyer to make the State prove its case.
This is one of the worst things you can do. By failing to appear for your court date, you are disrespecting the judge and the prosecution. The judge will issue a bench warrant for your arrest, and you will go directly to jail and all bonds will be revoked. All future traffic infractions will result in jail time and bonds. Also, failure to appear in court for a DWI case will almost definitely result in a conviction. ALWAYS appear for your court dates, and make sure you have a DWI attorney by your side.
Do not speak to law enforcement (respectfully, of course). Exercise your right to remain silent. Do not even speak about your case to your family or close friends. Speak to your attorney and your attorney alone in order to prevent unintentional incrimination. Anything you say to someone else could be skewed and used against you in court, so stay silent and trust your lawyer to protect you.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, by talking to as many DWI attorneys as possible, you will be able to handle your case on your own. You are not an expert in DWI or criminal law. Also, the longer you wait to find “the right attorney”, the less time your lawyer will have to study the evidence and build a defense. You have found a DWI attorney in Allen, TX with 18 years of experience and a strong record of success. Call The Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw now.
The moment you hire Attorney Kyle Shaw to handle your DWI case, he and his team will start studying the discovery for your case in order to prove there was sufficient grounds for a DWI arrest. You will always speak directly with Mr. Shaw—not a secretary or paralegal. He cares deeply about his clients and is passionate about defending people who have been wrongfully accused of DWI or any other crime.
Contact the firm today to request your DWI case evaluation!