Drunk Driving

the concept for drink driving
the concept for drink driving

You should retain experienced Sugar Land DWI attorney Anthony R. Segura to represent you in your case.

the concept for drink driving

In Texas, if you are driving while intoxicated (DWI) you could be charged with a crime depending on several factors. Because of the number of accidents and fatalities caused by DWI offenses, law enforcement and prosecutors can be aggressive in seeking a conviction. A DWI charge can result in fines, jail time, and license suspension, and having a criminal defense lawyer can help you minimize potential penalties.

What is Intoxication

In Texas “Intoxication” means not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

Police often rely on the results of field sobriety tests as evidence of mental and physical impairment. During the course of our representation, we will investigate whether you were even a proper candidate for the tests as well as whether the officer administered and scored the tests properly. These factors can lead to suppression of tests results. Additionally, we have been very successful in convincing jurors to ignore field sobriety tests as irrelevant to the issue of intoxication.

Alcohol concentration can be measure by testing your breath, blood or urine. Remember, Just because police the police tests indicate a prohibited alcohol concentration does not mean your case is hopeless. Anthony Segura has saved many clients from a DWI conviction despite a failed blood or breath test.

DWI Penalties

The penalties for a DWI charge will depend on the circumstances, your age and whether you have previous DWI offenses. Fines, license suspension, and even jail time are all possible. It is necessary to have a sound legal defense to present your case, since the penalties can affect your life and a conviction will remain on your record.

Drivers License Issues

The suspension or revocation of your license can occur in two ways:

DWI Conviction: Suspension up to 2 years, along with other court imposed fines or sentences. If we can show that license suspension will prohibit you from working or supporting your family, you may be given a restricted or occupational license.

Refusing Breath or Blood Test: Automatic suspension from 90 days to 2 years, but this is an administrative decision that we can fight to contest the suspension of your license.

Types of DWI Crimes

There is another category of DWI crimes that carry more severe penalties due to the involvement of others, such as passengers or other drivers. If you are convicted of a felony, the chances of incarceration increase dramatically. A felony conviction can harm your reputation, employment and other opportunities.

These are serious charges, and will require a Sugar Land DWI attorney to present the best defense possible. Please contact Anthony R. Segura as soon as possible so that we can assist you, as we have experience defending all types of DWI crimes.

DWI With Child Passenger

If you were driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under the age of 15 you could face a $10,000 fine and jail time for up to 2 years.

Intoxication Assault

If you cause serious bodily injury to someone while DWI you could be charged with intoxication assault, a third-degree felony, with a range of 2 to 10 years in prison..

Intoxication Manslaughter

If you are DWI and kill another human being you could be charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, with a range of 2 to 20 years in prison.

Possible DWI Defenses

If you were given a BAC test and exceeded the limit, or failed a field sobriety test, we may still be able to contest the charges on the following grounds:

  • The field breath test was not administered properly;
  • The equipment was not functioning;
  • Fault chain of evidence for test results, including blood tests;
  • Failure of law enforcement to follow proper police procedures;
  • Lack of officer training in field tests, or improper methods used; or
  • Officer opinion or perception was flawed, or there was bias.

Depending on the facts of your unique case, there may be other defenses available. For this reason, you should never face a DWI charge on your own, and we urge you to contact our firm so that we can formulate a comprehensive defense. Anthony R. Segura is trained in field sobriety tests, giving him the background to effectively challenge police practices and conclusions.