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Yes, a DUI Is Worth Fighting

The Linder Firm Aug. 18, 2023

According to statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 89,457 total reported DUI charges statewide in 2021. In Texas, a person may be arrested and charged with DUI/DWI for driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Unfortunately, a DWI charge may result in devastating, immediate, and long-lasting ramifications to your quality of life, career, personal reputation, and driving privileges. With every aspect of your life and future at risk, fighting your drunk driving accusations is worth it. 

Attorney Phillip Linder at The Linder Firm has the diligence and expertise to guide and represent clients in their DWI cases. As a dependable Texas criminal defense attorney, Phillip can evaluate your case details and enlighten you about the consequences of a DWI conviction. In addition, Attorney Phillip Linder will craft an effective defense strategy to help fight your charges and keep your record clean. The firm proudly serves clients across Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas of Dallas Metro and North Texas. 

DWI Charges in Texas

According to Texas DWI laws, it is an offense to operate a motor vehicle if the following is true: 

  • You have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08%; or, 

  • You are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. 

What's more, a person is considered to be intoxicated if he or she "lacks the normal use of mental or physical faculties" after taking alcohol, controlled substances, or illicit drugs. If convicted of drunk or drugged driving, you may face severe penalties and other social consequences. 

Possible Penalties for a DUI in Texas

In the state of Texas, DWI convictions often result in far-reaching punishments. Depending on the defendant's criminal record, BAC level, number of prior drunk driving convictions, and other surrounding circumstances, a DWI charge could subject the offender to any of the following penalties: 

  • Substantial fines and court fees 

  • Lengthy imprisonment (ranging from several months or years) 

  • Community service 

  • Probation 

  • An Ignition Interlock Device 

  • Mandatory attendance at drug abuse, alcohol treatment, or driver's intervention program. 

Some other consequences of a DWI conviction include: 

  • A criminal history/record 

  • Increased difficulty in getting employment or housing 

  • Increased auto insurance rates 

  • Increased difficulty in getting public benefits or government assistance 

  • Ineligibility to obtain certain financial loans 

  • Damages to personal, familial, and professional relationships 

  • Loss of scholarships or university acceptance 

  • Loss of your rights to own or possess firearms 

  • Increased difficulty in getting educational opportunities 

  • & more 

However, as a result of the devastating nature of these penalties and consequences, it is imperative for you to fight your DWI charges. A seasoned Texas DUI attorney can investigate your case details, strategize a strong defense to fight charges, and help you avoid the severe consequences of a criminal conviction. 

Possible Defense Strategy

When facing drunk driving charges in Texas, your attorney can help fight these false allegations with any of these legal defenses: 

  • An unlawful stop or procedures occurred. 

  • There were falsely high BAC results because of your medical conditions or taking certain medications. 

  • The breath or blood test results were incorrect. 

  • The blood test wasn't appropriately handled in the chain of custody. 

  • You weren't intoxicated, or your driving wasn't impaired. 

  • The police officer lacked probable cause to stop your vehicle. 

  • There was no evidence that you were in actual physical control of the vehicle. 

  • The DUI test result was false positive. 

  • The arresting officer violated your civil rights. 

  • The field sobriety test wasn't administered correctly. 

  • The breath test device or Breathalyzer was calibrated erroneously. 

  • There was an improper interrogation or Miranda rights violations. 

  • There were violations of the rules of evidence and procedures. 

A highly-skilled lawyer can intervene quickly and identify the best defenses to fight your charges and improve your prospects of the most favorable outcome for your personal situation. 

It's Worth It to Fight a DUI Charge

However, the penalties for a drunk driving charge or conviction in Texas are vast and far-reaching. Nonetheless, you should never accept the accusations without a fight. 

Depending on your unique circumstance, there are several things that might have been misleading about the drunk driving charges, such as faulty or improperly calibrated equipment or tests. 

In some cases, you may have a logical explanation as to why the tests show intoxicated or impaired driving. Therefore, you need to retain an aggressive criminal defense attorney to help fight your DWI charges.   

Fight Your DUI With an Attorney's Support

Trying to fight your drunk driving accusations without reliable representation can increase your risks of getting convicted and suffering the maximum penalties. With more than 30 years of legal experience, Attorney Phillip Linder is committed to protecting individuals facing DWI charges. Using his extensive knowledge, Mr. Linder will fight vigorously for your rights, dispute the accusations against you with factual evidence, and uphold your driving privileges. 

Fighting your drunk driving allegations is imperative to protect your future and keep your record clean. Contact The Linder Firm today to schedule a simple case assessment with a diligent criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Phillip Linder can offer you the effective representation and trusted advocacy you need in your DWI case. The firm proudly serves clients across Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas of Dallas Metro and North Texas.