What to do for a Fort Worth DWI Arrest
DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated” or “Driving While Impaired.” This is sometimes referred to as DUI. It applies to individuals operating a motor vehicle, whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or other drugs. This pertains to both legal and illegal drugs. According to the Fort Worth police department, there are approximately 200 DWI arrests each month. Obviously, the best option is to NOT drink and drive and to utilize a designated driver. However, it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.
Fort Worth Lawyers -
If you are charged with a Fort Worth DWI, the first step is to contact a Fort Worth attorney who specializes in DWI law. There are many reputable choices including:
• The Law Offices of David Sloane
• The Coffey Firm
• The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy
DWI cases can be very complicated. Often times there are circumstances that need to be considered including the machines used to test blood alcohol levels or the competency of the arresting office. These law firms are familiar with all intricacies that need to be addressed.
The Law Offices of David Sloane -
David Sloane is a Fort Worth, Texas DWI attorney. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. This is an elite group of well trained DWI attorneys; there are only 89 members in the state of Texas. He has successfully defended clients which resulted in positive outcomes of acquittals or reduction of charges. Visit his website at www.sloanelaw.com for suggestions of what to do if you are stopped for DWI. Mr. Sloane offers a FREE initial consultation. Mr. Sloane’s office is located at 933 W. Weatherford Street, Fort Worth, TX. He can be reached at (817)810-0088.
The Coffey Firm -
Mimi Coffey is a criminal lawyer who specializes in DWI defense. She founded the DWI Trial Lawyers seminar in Arlington, TX and the Society for the Exchange of DWI Technology in Tarrant County, TX. Ms. Coffey’s website www.mimicoffey.com offers a plethora of DWI facts and DWI articles. She also offers a FREE initial consultation, accepts major credit cards and offers payment plans. Her office is located at 4700 Airport Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. She can be reached at (817)831-3100.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy -
Richard McConathy and his associates have handled over 4,000 DWI cases. Since specializing in DWI in 2002, his office has won 91% of their cases set for trial. The office includes a former Dallas County felony prosecutor and a former City of Addison police officer. His website www.mcconathylaw.com contains a very user-friendly DWI question and answer section. In addition to the FREE initial consultation, valued over $300, the office has flexible credit terms and payment plans. His office is conveniently located at 800 West Airport Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. He can be reached at (972)445-4300.
DWI Information -
The law states a person is considered intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is 0.08 or higher. Although, individuals are NOT required to answer police questions, take a field sobriety test or submit to a blood alcohol test; refusing to do so will likely result in an arrest .In addition, driving privileges will also be suspended for 6 months.
A first time conviction can include up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. In addition, there is a $1,000 surcharge payable to the Department of Public Safety for three years in order to get your license back. If you have been convicted of three or more DWI’s, your punishment will include jail time from two-ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you are convicted of a DWI, it will stay on your record forever. A DWI conviction can result in Jail Time, Probation, Fines, Court Costs, Community Service and a DWI class. In addition, you will incur attorney’s fees, increased insurance and, in most cases, lost work time. If you are arrested for a Fort Worth, Texas DWI be sure to contact a lawyer.