Houston DUI / DWI Lawyer | Former Prosecutor

drunk driving sleeping on his carGetting pulled over and charged with DWI in Houston is a serious offense and one that can adversely affect your entire life. In the blink of an eye, you could find yourself facing the loss of your driver’s license, hefty fines, and even jail time. When this occurs, you may not know where to turn for help. You may even believe that there is no point in fighting these charges. However, this is far from the truth.

At Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C., we have successfully represented many Houston drivers facing DUI or DWI charges. We know that prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions against drunk drivers, even when the evidence may not support this conviction. That is why our Houston, TX DWI attorneys work tirelessly to investigate the details surrounding your arrest.

With a thorough investigation and meticulous preparation, we are often able to build strong defenses against these charges. In many cases, we can have the charges reduced to a lesser driving infraction and one that does not stay on your driving record. While past success never guarantees future results, you can rest assured knowing you have a team of experienced Houston DUI lawyers fighting for your rights.

Penalties for DUI / DWI in Houston

In Houston and throughout the state of Texas, anyone who is caught driving with a BAC over 0.08 can be arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. These are serious charges that escalate depending on several factors, including your BAC, the number of past offenses, if there were minors in the car, or if you cause an injury or accident.

In general, Houston drivers can face a wide range of serious consequences after a DUI arrest. If you are convicted of DUI, the penalties can include:

  • First DUI Offense (BAC>08)
    • Class B Misdemeanor
    • Fines up to $2,000
    • Jail time between 72 hours and 180 days
    • License suspension up to one year
  • First DUI Offense (BAC>15)
    • Class A Misdemeanor
    • Fines up to $4,000
    • Jail time between 72 hours and 1 year
    • License suspension up to one year
  • Second DUI Offense
    • Class A Misdemeanor
    • Fines up to $4,000
    • Jail time between one month and one year
    • Up to 2 years license suspension
  • Third DUI Offense
    • Third degree felony
    • Up to $10,000 fines
    • Between 2 and 10 years in prison
    • License suspension up to 2 years
  • Fourth DUI Offense
    • Second degree felony
    • Up to $10,000 fines
    • Between 2 and 20 years in prison
    • Up to 2 years license suspension

If you caused an injury or killed another person while under the influence of alcohol, you will face serious felony charges, such as intoxication assault or manslaughter. These charges can result in significant time in prison.

Getting Your License Back After a DUI

DWI sobriety checkpointIf this is the first time you have been arrested and charged with DUI, you will undoubtedly worry about the loss of your driver’s license. After all, without a driver’s license it can be difficult to get to work, attend classes, or run errands. The Department of Public Safety in Houston will suspend your license after a DUI arrest, even if you did not submit a blood or breath test.

At the time of the arrest, the arresting officer will take your license and give you a Notice of Suspension. You only have 15 days from the date of this notice to request a hearing. If you do not request a hearing to challenge the suspension of your license, your license suspension goes into effect.

At Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C., our DUI lawyers can help you get your license back as quickly as possible after a DUI / DWI arrest in Houston. We know that the Administrative License Revocation Hearing, also called an ALR Hearing, is an important component to this. It is a separate civil proceeding that will occur alongside any criminal proceedings, so it is important to get a lawyer who can essentially help you with both aspects of your case.

Even if your license is suspended, we can still fight for your rights to drive. Our lawyers know how to petition the courts for an occupational license, which allows you to drive to specific places, such as work or school. However, there are many requirements you must meet before you can obtain this license in Texas. Our Houston criminal defense lawyers can help you meet those requirements as quickly as possible.

Contact Our Houston DUI / DWI Defense Lawyers

At Roger G. Jain & Associates, P.C., we know that being arrested for a DUI is a terrifying ordeal. DWI convictions can result in employment issues and high insurance costs, not to mention the embarrassment of having a DUI on your driving record. We know that a DUI can weigh heavily on your life. That is why we fight these charges and work tirelessly to have these charges reduced or in many cases, even dismissed. Call at (713) 981-0600 or fill out our confidential contact form to begin fighting these serious charges. You can absolutely fight DUI / DWI charges and win – but only with an experienced DWI lawyer in Houston, TX on your side. Call today!

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