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Representing Clients Facing DWI Charges in Texas

Being charged with a DUI can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, but it is essential to understand your rights and the legal process. In Texas, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. If you are facing a DUI in Texas, it is crucial to seek the advice of a qualified DWI defense attorney who can guide you through the legal process and protect your rights. We work aggressively and efficiently to fight your charges and minimize the effects on your driving record and future. Learn more about what your next steps should be after an arrest by contacting us today.

Are you facing a DWI charge in Texas? Call The Christopher P. Cavazos Law Firm, PLLC today at (956) 290-8911 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our McAllen DWI defense lawyer!


Field Sobriety Tests

There are 3 individual tests that make up The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST):

  • One-leg stand test
  • Walk-and-turn test
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test

The officers like to use these tests after pulling you over to help determine if you are driving under the influence. Some common signs they look for are slurred speech, loss of balance or not following instructions properly.

What are the Penalties for a DWI in Texas?

Law enforcement officials have taken an increasingly tough stance on drunk driving, establishing harsher penalties even for first-time offenders.

For a first-time DWI offense, the penalties can include:

  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • Between 3 to 180 days in jail
  • Loss of driver's license up to a year
  • Additional fees to keep your driver's license

For a second DWI offense, the penalties can include:

  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Loss of driver's license up to 2 years
  • Ignition interlock device installation

For a third DWI offense, the penalties can include:

  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Up to 10 years in jail
  • Loss of driver's license up to 2 years
  • Ignition interlock device installation

Drunk driving charges are no simple matter, and it is important that you have an experienced McAllen DWI defense attorney guide you through your charges.

Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are court-ordered breathalyzer devices installed in vehicles of individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). In Texas, the use of IIDs is mandatory for certain DUI offenders. These devices require the driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting their vehicle. If the device detects alcohol on the driver's breath, the car will not start. IIDs are intended to prevent individuals from driving under the influence and protect public safety on the roads. If you have been ordered to install an IID in your vehicle, it is essential to follow all guidelines and requirements set forth by the court and the device manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in additional legal consequences.

Representation for Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearings

Aside from the criminal proceedings, you will need to protect your driver's license from suspension or revocation by scheduling an Administrative License Revocation hearing with the Department of Public Safety. You must schedule this hearing no more than 15 days from your arrest.

Your driving privileges are at stake during this hearing. You will be allowed to present your case as to why you should maintain your driving privileges.

When deciding whether you move forward with a suspension, the DPS must be able to prove one or more of the following:

  • Did the police officer have reasonable suspicion to stop or arrest you?
  • Did the police officer have probable cause to believe you were driving intoxicated?
  • Did you refuse to submit to a blood/breath test?
  • Did you fail the test by registering a BAC of .08 or greater?
  • Were you adequately informed of the consequences of refusing or failing a blood/breath test?

Our firm can help you prepare for these hearings, and we can fight aggressively to protect your driving privileges. We can also help you apply for an occupational license, so you can drive on a limited basis while your case is pending.

Contact Our DWI Defense Lawyer Today

Our DWI defense lawyer in McAllen will tirelessly protect his clients and preserve their interests. From thoroughly investigating the facts to scrutinizing law enforcement procedures in DWI testing, traffic stops, etc., our firm will explore all possible defenses to ensure the best possible outcome. We can also assist clients with bond reductions and early termination of probation if you are eligible. 

Contact The Christopher P. Cavazos Law Firm, PLLC, today to schedule a FREE consultation with our DWI defense attorney in McAllen!


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