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Wichita Falls DWI Attorney

There may have been a time when a person facing drunk driving charges in Texas could navigate the criminal justice system without a lawyer and still come out with minimal impact on his or her life, but that time has long since passed. The penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) are too stiff and too strictly enforced to face an arrest without experienced legal counsel.

Texas law states that a person is legally intoxicated if he or she has a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. A first conviction of DWI is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, three to 180 days in jail and suspension of your license for up to a year. A second conviction could lead to a year in jail and loss of your license for two years. The penalties escalate dramatically for more than two convictions, as well as for drunk driving arrests that involve accidents in which someone was injured or if a person is driving intoxicated with a child in the vehicle.

We regularly appear in courts in Wichita, Wilbarger, Archer, Jack and Young counties, as well as other courts in north Texas.

Texas has a "zero tolerance" policy for minors and alcohol. If a person under age 21 is stopped while driving a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Penalties may include license suspension and a $500 fine.

An Attorney Who Has Successfully Worked Both Sides Of DWI Cases

I am attorney Rick L. Mahler and I have a thorough understanding of Texas DWI laws because I prosecuted hundreds of them myself while working for the Wichita County District Attorney's Office for 22 years. Now, as an experienced criminal defense attorney, I regularly defend individuals who face drunk driving charges, not because I condone drinking and driving, but because I know that mistakes are made in these arrests and innocent people should not be penalized.

I will review every aspect of your arrest to determine if your constitutional rights were violated. Law enforcement officers make mistakes that lead to improper stops or incorrect results from field sobriety or Breathalyzer tests. The equipment may have malfunctioned or was not properly maintained.

Minimizing The Impact Of A DWI Arrest

I'm also aware that sometimes individuals make poor decisions regarding drinking and driving. I will advocate on your behalf to minimize the impact of a DWI conviction. If your license is suspended — and it likely will be if you are convicted of DWI — I will help you obtain an occupational driver's license (ODL) that allows you to drive to work, school or other obligations.

In some cases, I am able to get the charges lowered so the penalties are far less punitive. My experience as a prosecutor provides me great insight into the flexibility that exists and what circumstances present the best opportunities for getting charges reduced.

In addition to the fines, court costs and other penalties that come with a DWI conviction (including higher insurance rates), the state of Texas imposes a surcharge under the "Driver Responsibility Act" that requires drivers who are convicted of a first-time DWI to pay $1,000 per year for three consecutive years in order to keep their licenses. Drivers convicted of a second DWI will pay $1,500 per year for three years. Drivers who are convicted of a third DWI, or who are convicted of a single incident of driving with a BAC of .16 or higher, must pay $2,000 per year for three years.

Clearly, the cost of a DWI conviction is steep. If you face charges of drunk driving, contact our Wichita Falls office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review the facts of your arrest and provide a candid assessment of what you might expect.

Office Location

Rick L Mahler Attorney at Law
900 8th Street, Suite 425
Hamilton Building
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Telephone: 800-785-9630
Fax: 940-723-9998
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