A first conviction for DWI in Texas is a Class B misdemeanor, but it is a serious matter. A DWI conviction costs money in fines and other costs, raises your insurance premiums, and can affect your employment situation. In Texas, by law, you cannot get deferred adjudication for a DWI.
Facing a DWI Charge in Dallas? – I Can Represent You in a Court of Law
A driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge occurs when you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, and your mental and physical abilities are impaired. Many accidents have occurred due to drivers who drive while they are intoxicated. As such, the law can be quite harsh when it comes to these charges. In Dallas, it is important to understand that you may not operate a vehicle if your blood alcohol content level is above 0.08%.
If you are convicted of a DWI, you could be facing:
What should I do if I am pulled over for suspicion of DWI?
If an officer of the law pulls you over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you have the right to refuse a breath or blood test; however, the officer may have you perform a number of other sobriety tests. Most officers also have the ability to video record your actions. They can use any and all of this against you in court. You also have the right to a lawyer. When you come to an experienced criminal defense attorney such as me, you can trust that you have a relentless advocate fighting for you.
Why Work with a Dallas DWI Defense Lawyer John Helms?
At the Law Office of John M. Helms, I have more than 20 years of experience and have successfully handled hundreds of cases. I have an advantage in many cases because I previously served as a federal prosecutor. I understand and can predict what your prosecutor’s strategy might be. When you come to me for legal aid, I can give your case the personal attention it deserves and fights to protect your rights.
Contact Dallas DWI Defense Attorney John Helms today for the aggressive representation you deserve!
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If you have not been arrested or charged with a crime, but the police have told you that they would like to talk to you, what do you do? Do not say a thing; let them know you want to use your right to get a lawyer. And do it ASAP.
Whenever you have any dealings with the police, you should be represented by a lawyer. If they are looking for you, if they want to talk to you, if they want to arrest you, or if someone has contacted law enforcement and accused you of a crime, you need a lawyer.
Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself is never a good idea. Even if you plead guilty, you can expect that prosecutors will try to take advantage of your inexperience by only agreeing to a plea deal that is less favorable than they would with a lawyer. Plus, an attorney may be able to spot problems with the government’s case that you would not recognize, like evidence that should be suppressed. Problems like that might result in dismissal of the charges altogether, but just being able to spot them can help negotiate a better deal with a prosecutor. An attorney, especially a former prosecutor like me, can help you protect your rights, evaluate your options, and negotiate with the prosecutors for the most favorable outcome.
In criminal cases, we usually charge a flat rate for everything but trial and a trial fee that is only owed if the case goes to trial. A flat fee means that, no matter how much work the lawyer has to do, you know up front what the fee is going to be. We base our fees on our estimate of the amount of time and work that will be required to defend the case. We are not a factory type of operation, so we generally do not have “grocery store” pricing, in which a given crime costs a set amount regardless of the facts. Each case is different, and we try to tailor our fees to your individual case. That means that we want to find out about your case and that we try to set our fees based on how much work we think your case will take and how complicated it will be.
If you are under investigation, but you have not been charged, we may offer to represent you during the investigation based on an hourly rate with a cost deposit that we bill against. This can benefit you because it can be difficult to predict how much work it will take to represent someone during an investigation, and an hourly rate means that you will only pay for the work done.