DWI Attorney in San Antonio
Defending Clients Who Have Been Arrested For Driving While Intoxicated in Bexar County
Facing charges of drinking and driving can have a drastic impact on your life. Convictions of this nature often affect an individual's ability to drive, maintain or find employment, acquire affordable insurance rates, and uphold your personal relationships.
DWIs carry negative social stigmas and can affect the way that other people view you. Don't let your reputation and your character be marred by a wrongful DWI conviction; let our dedicated DWI lawyer in San Antonio be your advocate.
At The Law Office of John J. Fox, we provide aggressive, personalized strategies to defend individuals who have been accused of driving while intoxicated. Attorney Fox has been rated Superb by Avvo, one of the most reputable web services for the legal industry.
This is a testament to his drive to ensure that criminal charges, such as DWIs, don't destroy the rights and futures of his clients. We offer free case evaluations to all prospective clients. Schedule yours today!
Are you facing charges for a DWI in Texas? Call The Law Office of John J. Fox today at (210) 460-1221 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our trusted DWI lawyers in San Antonio!
Texas DWI Laws
Throughout the country, the amount of alcohol in the body where one can be considered intoxicated is 0.08%. In other words, if 0.08% or more of your blood is alcohol, you are considered "over the limit" in regards to drinking and driving.
Texas Penal Code §49.04 states that an individual can be accused of a DWI if they were driving while intoxicated in a public place. This is usually charged as a Class B misdemeanor for a first-time DWI offense in San Antonio, but there are aggravating circumstances that could cause the charges and penalties to be increased.
Some Aggravating Factors that can Increase DWI Penalties Include:
- Having a prior DWI conviction in Texas or another state
- Having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle
- Having a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or more
- Having a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle
PENALTIES FOR DWI in Texas
Exact penalties for San Antonio DWI charges can vary greatly, depending upon the facts of your case and your criminal history. That being said, for a Class B misdemeanor DWI conviction, the minimum amount of time the individual could spend in jail is 72 hours, with a maximum sentence of 180 days and up to a $2,000 dollar fine. For more detailed information about DWI Penalties, view our information at DWI Penalties.
For more news and information about DWIs in San Antonio, view our criminal defense blog.
How To Challenge a DWI Charge
- First of all, it is important to realize that there are ways to challenge the evidence against you and get the charges reduced or even dropped. One aspect of our team that makes us different from other law firms is the fact that Attorney Fox has been trained with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has been a certified standardized field sobriety test practitioner since 2006. This is the same training that police officers receive regarding the detection of intoxicated drivers. This specialized knowledge is crucial to defending your DWI case. If any errors occurred in how the police administered or interpreted your field sobriety test, this could challenge the validity of the evidence the police believe they have against you.
- Furthermore, even the accuracy of your breath and blood test can be challenged. If the device was not calibrated properly or the test was taken too long after the driver was arrested, the entire case could be dismissed. If a warrant was used to draw your blood, it must be carefully examined for any defects.
- Lastly, if any of your rights were violated at the traffic stop, and it can be shown that the police officer should not have pulled you over or arrested you, your charges could be dropped.
Should I Get A Lawyer For a DWI in Texas?
In order to ensure that your license is not automatically suspended by DPS, it is very important that you contact an attorney within 15 days of the date of your arrest. Doing so will help protect your ability to drive, so please allow us to consult with you on your case today! We can represent you at a hearing that is designed to protect your right to drive, known as an ALR license suspension hearing, and we will guide you through the entire DWI process.
Contact Our DWI Lawyer Today
If you are facing these serious charges, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a San Antonio DWI lawyer from our firm. Attorney Fox understands the science between DWI and the tests that are used by law enforcement. He also understands the problems that can arise and the technical errors which could send an innocent person to jail.