Carrollton DWI Lawyer
The crime of driving while intoxicated is treated with less tolerance as the years go by. There continues to be a crackdown on this type of behavior in Texas. If you are accused of DWI then your situation is always very serious. The consequences of the intolerance to this type of behavior, and pressures to trap and catch those who are guilty, has led to many innocent motorists being caught and convicted. Even a first offense of DWI can have serious repercussions and penalties, however many motorists feel they have no option but simply accept a conviction, there are in fact many defenses that are open to you.
The instant you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the North Texas or Carrollton area you should contact The Goolsby Law Firm for help. DWI criminal defense lawyer Mike Goolsby can evaluate all the evidence collected against you, including the police dashboard video recording, the results of any tests performed, and other aspects of the stop and your arrest. With two decades of experience and as a former trial attorney with the district attorney’s office Mike Goolsby has extensive trial experience and knowledge of how the criminal court system works in this area from both sides.
Thorough investigation of the stop by the police and the procedure followed is essential as to investigate you the police must show that probable cause existed to do so. This includes observing erratic driving, finding an open alcohol container in the vehicle, the smell alcohol on your breath, or slurred speech. If probable cause did not exist then the case against you must be dismissed. Also, it is essential that any tests performed such as breath tests, blood tests, or field sobriety tests are very examined and results from them refuted if possible.
Consequences of a DWI conviction include possible jail time, probation, large fines, loss of your driving license for a period, and other problems. Many do not realize that at the moment they are arrested two cases are to be brought against them. One is a civil case, and the other is a criminal case. The civil case begins immediately and can result in loss of your driving license long before a criminal trial proves your guilt or innocence. This is known as administrative license revocation or ALR, your license is taken away from you and you will be issued with a temporary permit which if you do nothing will result in automatic loss of your driving privileges. You have 15 days to request an ALR hearing to prevent this, and The Goolsby Law Firm and criminal defense attorney Mike Goolsby can help you in this matter.
To convict you of DWI the state must prove that you either have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 (.02 if under 21), or that you are mentally and physically unfit to control your vehicle due to being impaired by drugs or alcohol. This can be the case even if the drugs you are taking are prescription drugs but have affected your driving ability. In addition, you do not necessarily have to be driving to the arrested for DWI, simply having the ability to drive, for example being behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition, is also sufficient.
If accused of DWI you don’t simply have to accept your fate. In the North Texas or Carrollton area contact The Goolsby Law Firm and DWI defense attorney Mike Goolsby for help. Call today to schedule a completely free initial consultation, total discretion and confidentiality is assured at all times.