Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases require immediate attention on your part. Texas DWI cases, whether the charge stems from alcohol use, drug use, or another intoxicant, usually involve both a criminal case, and an administrative/civil component. Most folks focus on the criminal case while foregoing the administrative law case, which can cause complications for you. If you are arrested for DWI, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
The reason for immediate action is because the administrative aspect of a DWI case has a very short window, no more than two weeks, during which time you need to take action. If you do not contest the administrative suspension within that time frame, your license will be suspended for 90 days by DPS even if you eventually win the criminal case.
Because the administrative case requires a hearing, if you contest the case, it allows your attorney a chance to box the police officer in regarding their testimony so that they cannot change it should the criminal case go to trial. Why is this a big deal? Simply put most officers do not spend enough time preparing for the administrative hearing as they would a criminal trial. This can provide a distinct advantage come the criminal case because the officer may be forced to explain why his testimony is different now when compared with the administrative hearing, which is also under oath. Such discrepancies can provide significant advantages in the criminal case.
It is important to remember that a DWI charge is not limited to those times when you drink. There is an ever-growing number of Driving While Intoxicated – drug cases in Williamson County. Local law enforcement are spending more time investigating cases that involve folks driving after taking their prescription medication. Just because the medicine was prescribed does NOT mean that criminal charges will not be filed. Rather, if the medicine, or combination of medicines, cause a loss in your normal mental faculties, you can face a DWI charge. Because certain prescriptions are more likely than others to cause such a problem, it is extremely important that you do NOT answer any questions concerning medications that you take if stopped, that you exercise your right to remain silent, and that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
When looking for a criminal defense attorney to a DWI charge, make sure that they provide representation in both the ALR hearing and the criminal case. If not, you could be placing yourself in a disadvantaged situation.