If the police stop you on suspicion of driving while impaired, it may seem that you have no choice but to accept their penalties. They may have monitored you on the radar gun, videoed their interaction with you and forced you to take a blood alcohol level test. They will also have the officer’s testimony to back up the evidence. Yet, a good attorney may be able to challenge all police evidence. Nothing is set in stone. You have the right to competent defense against the charges, and so you should contact Jeanie Dickey for help.
Ms. Ortiz is a veteran criminal defense attorney and former Harris County prosecutor. She knows what the prosecution will use to get a conviction on a DWI charge, and knows what defenses will work. Thanks to her knowledge of criminal law, procedure and your Constitutional rights, she will be able to put together the best possible defense against a DWI charge.
Penalties for a DWI in Texas
In Texas, the penalty for DWI depends on your blood alcohol level (BAC) and whether it is your first, second or third offense. Certain circumstances may increase your legal jeopardy, like a high BAC or whether an accident and/or injuries were involved. Even if you are a first-time offender, it is important for you to hire a criminal defense attorney who can help prevent big fines and weeks or months in jail. You may lose more than money or time with a DWI conviction. You may lose the ability to drive yourself to work or the kids to school. The conviction may affect your ability to get or keep a job. You want someone to help you fight the charge with every trick in the book.
How to Respond to a DWI Arrest
When you receive a citation or you’re arrested, your first move should be to call Jeanie Ortiz. Discuss what happened, tell her about the police actions during the time they were in contact with you. She’ll get to work immediately on your defense, as the prosecution will already be considering how to handle your case. Depending on the facts, she may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed, saving you a bundle of time and clearing your record of any blemishes. She will know whether to begin negotiations on a plea bargain or to prepare for fighting the battle in front of the judge. Ms. Ortiz will be honest with you about what she can do, and will stay in contact with you regarding the progress of your case.
If you are facing DWI charges in Houston, don’t accept what the police tell you. Get an experienced criminal defense attorney to help. Call Jeanie Ortiz as soon as possible.