Grayson County DWI, DUI and Keeping Your Driver’s License

Been charged with DWI or DUI? People make mistakes. The mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car, or taking your boat out on the lake when you’ve taken drugs or had too much to drink, can be a disaster in more ways than one. In Texas, the legal penalties of a conviction for DWI, DUI or BWI are stiff even if you’ve never been arrested before. If the proper steps are not taken shortly after arrest, you can end up with more than just a suspended driver’s license.

It’s important that you contact the right DWI (DUI) lawyer, right away, to defend you in court and help you avoid driver’s license suspension. As one of the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Criminal Defense attorneys, John Hunter Smith believes deeply in each case he takes on, and has an innate ability to find the heart of his clients’ stories and bring them to life in the courtroom.

His extensive knowledge about intoxication laws is critical in challenging evidence or unlawful procedures, as well as uncovering opportunities and flaws in the prosecution’s case. Attorney John Hunter Smith works passionately to minimize the potentially severe consequences and guide you through the legal process.

  • Sherman, Texas Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
  • BWI (Boating while Intoxicated)
  • First and Second Offense DWI
  • Felony DWI and Multiple Arrests
  • ALR Hearings

Sherman, Texas Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

A DWI conviction can lead to costly fines and classes, at best. At worst, you could have your driver’s license suspended for a year and even serve jail time. The court system takes this behavior very seriously, and without the skill of a DWI lawyer, you risk feeling the full brunt of the punishments.

We will review your case and find instances of inconsistencies, including investigating if the arresting officer had probable cause for pulling you over. As in every case we try, we will put forth the diligent effort to assemble all the pieces for a solid case. We will review the evidence and find the inaccuracies, attacking the tests with the help of toxicologists and breath supervisors.

We have represented many Austin College students facing drug charges. As a student, you run the risk of losing financial aid or even being removed from classes. Suddenly, one mistake can reshape your future. Don’t gamble with representation that doesn’t understand how best to defend you.

BWI (Boating while Intoxicated)

Not only does Attorney John Hunter Smith have years of experience defending those charged with DWI and DUI, we also have defended many cases of BWI (Boating while intoxicated). Many people don’t realize this charge is just as serious as a DWI charge. However, unlike DWI, probable cause is not required to stop your boat to administer breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. This is left up to the officer’s discretion. During holidays when people typically spend celebratory hours on their boats, officers are looking for any reason to stop you. Unfortunately, the nature of boating (sea legs, windburn, sunburn) can make you seem intoxicated. If you have been charged with BWI, call us right away to protect your rights, your license and your reputation.

First and Second Offense DWI

If you’ve never been in trouble with the law before but made a mistake and now are facing drunk driving or drunk boating charges, you may not completely understand the impact a conviction could have on your license, your job, your finances, and your future. Depending on the situation, you could be facing a fine of up to $2,000 with 180 days in jail or up to two years probation, community service and alcohol education classes, as well as fines and court costs that could add up to thousands of dollars.

Your insurance carrier could drop you or raise your rates. You could lose your license. And a second arrest (repeat offense or DWI 2nd) means the penalties will be even steeper. Greater fines, license suspension, an ignition locking device for your car and even jail time. It also means you’re out of chances – a third arrest is a felony charge. If you’ve been charged a second time, it’s imperative your lawyer not try to plea out but fight for dismissal or acquittal. Having the right attorney on your case can make all the difference in the world.

If you’ve been arrested, don’t wait to call an experienced attorney who has helped many people in your same situation. Call Attorney John Hunter Smith right away.

Felony DWI and Multiple Arrests

Whether you agree or not, if you’ve been arrested multiple times for drinking and driving, the courts consider you to have a serious problem with alcohol and a danger to others on the road. Now the charge is a felony, and that means mandatory jail time. You could be committed to attend drug or alcohol rehabilitation. If you caused an accident that results in injuries (intoxication assault) you may be charged with third-degree felony DWI which can carry substantial penalties such as fines of up to $10,000, 10 years in prison, significant license suspension, administrative penalties and hefty surcharges following you for years. And if the accident you caused resulted in a death (intoxication manslaughter) prison terms can range from two years to two decades.

If you have multiple arrests on your record and have been charged with DWI/DUI/BWI again, you have a tough fight ahead, but there is hope. Attorney John Hunter Smith has helped others in these same situations by arguing for non-prison alternatives like inpatient substance abuse treatment centers followed by extended probation. Call us right away to discuss the specifics of your case and how we can help.

ALR Hearings

Within 15 calendar days once you’ve been charged with a DWI, you must schedule an Administrative License Revocation or ALR Hearing with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). While this is a simple administrative procedure, missing the deadline results in an automatic suspension of your drivers’ license. We can contact DPS on your behalf and even if the judge rules for drivers license revocation or suspension, we can petition for an occupational drivers’ license that will allow essential driving to work, school, doctor’s appointments and the like. Involving your DWI defense attorney in your case from the beginning is the best way to build a strong defense, so if you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated, don’t wait to call Wynne & Smith.

Call 903-893-8177 NOW or fill out our form. Let’s discuss how we can help you.

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