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Atascosa County criminal defense attorney DWI

Law enforcement always comes down hard on those found driving while intoxicated (DWI). Not only did the driver make the conscious decision to become intoxicated and get behind the wheel, but they also decided to place other drivers in the direct line of danger. So, what if your DWI leads to another person’s injury or death? The injured driver may pursue a personal injury case in addition to the criminal charges that come along with a DWI. But what about the other factors at play? Can the person who provided you with alcohol also be held accountable? 

The Effects of Alcohol on Driving

A few drinks may not seem to leave a big impact, but there are a number of effects that alcohol can have on the average driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites four ways in which alcohol can affect your driving capabilities, the first being judgment. Adding alcohol to your system can alter your sense of judgment, in turn leading you to go 20 mph over the speed limit, blow a red light, and more. Your vision is also impaired, making it challenging to see traffic lane lines, speed limit signs, and the distance between you and the cars around you. Your reaction time will be delayed as well, making it very likely that you will be unable to properly react to all of the unpredictable occurrences that can happen while on the road. Finally, your ability to perceive color can also be affected. You may struggle to tell the difference between green, yellow, and red lights, which can easily lead to a dangerous accident. 

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Atascosa County criminal defense attorney DWI

Attending holiday parties is often the highlight of the year. Whether you are celebrating with coworkers, seeing distant family members, or enjoying yourself at home, alcoholic beverages are bound to be present and potentially consumed in excess. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the holiday season, some drivers may place others at risk by drinking before getting behind the wheel. Holiday gatherings look a bit different this year; some have opted to cancel their gatherings, others have reduced the number of people invited to the party, while many have decided against joining the annual party altogether. Because large gatherings have been strongly cautioned or completely off-limits for almost a year now, the opportunity to have some fun may lead to overindulgence and poor decisions. The Texas Department of Safety (DPS) recognizes the annual holiday threat of speeding and intoxicated drivers, especially during these unprecedented times, and is honing its focus on keeping roads safe. 

Unfortunate Holiday Statistics

Holidays have consistently been a high time for severe accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were a total of 24 fatalities within a 30-hour period surrounding New Year’s in 2019—not counting the additional accidents that lead to injuries rather than death. Surprisingly, Memorial Day and Fourth of July racked up the most fatalities when compared to other holidays throughout 2019. This year, law enforcement is on high alert as the pandemic reduced the number of parties throughout the year, leading to even more anticipation—and likely celebrating—in the upcoming winter holidays. According to news reports from December 22, Austin surpassed the total number of people killed on area roadways in 2019, with 89 fatalities before the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations this year. 

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Atascosa County expunction attorney DWI

Getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can greatly impact your future, even if you are never charged or found guilty. Because criminal records are accessible to the public, an employer can see these arrests and will often write you off before ever meeting you. This is the purpose of background checks, but you may be wondering why an old arrest that did not amount to a guilty charge can continue to get in the way of your future. This is especially common for those who were arrested for DWI at a young age. Luckily, the Texas law has a solution for those individuals looking to restart their record.

What Is Expunction?

The term “expunction” refers to the removal of information from a criminal record, allowing the individual to deny that the incident ever occurred in the past. Depending on the severity of the incident, Texas law allows individuals to request that information regarding an arrest, charge, or conviction be removed from their permanent record. However, many conviction requests are denied, especially with more severe charges. The following records are eligible for expunction:

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Pleasanton criminal defense attorney DWI

Getting pulled over, arrested, and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) may leave you assuming that your charges will lead to a conviction. You likely blew into the breathalyzer, received above a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading, and believe that the prosecutor has an air-tight case against you. While this reading may be enough for some cases, working with a reputable DWI defense attorney can significantly alter the results of your case. Some drivers may presume that this 0.08 BAC means they are automatically guilty and falsely believe that hiring an experienced defense attorney is not worth their time. Regardless of the evidence against you, your criminal defense lawyer’s experience with cases like yours can change your future for the better.

Defense Strategies

What criminal defense attorneys bring to the table is well-thought-out, past-proven defense strategies. These strategies can change depending on the criminal charges and evidence involved in your case. The following are three strategies that a reputable attorney will likely utilize for DWI cases:

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Abogado dwi del condado de WilsonEntonces en Texas, tenemos algunas variaciones diferentes del estatuto DWI. Tenemos un primer DWI, también tenemos un segundo DWI, y luego un tercer estatuto DWI si previamente ha sido condenado por un DWI. Tenemos un contenedor abierto DWI, lo cual es un delito si tiene una lata de cerveza u otro contenedor abierto de alcohol en el vehículo con usted. Tenemos un DWI con un pasajero menor de 15 años, así como un DWI reservado si tiene una concentración de alcohol en la sangre que es el doble del límite legal.

¿Qué cargo de DWI se considera peor?

En términos generales, al igual que cualquier otro delito, los delitos graves se tratan con más seriedad que los delitos menores. En los estatutos de DWI, los delitos graves serán cosas como un tercer DWI o más, así como DWI con un niño pasajero, así como cualquier cosa que involucre un DWI y lesiones a otro conductor.

¿Debería declararme culpable si me acusan de un DWI?

Entonces, si se le acusa de DWI, es posible que sienta que no tiene opciones, como que tiene que ir al tribunal y debe declararse culpable. No podría estar más lejos de la verdad. DWI es único en el sentido de que es un delito de opinión, lo que significa que puede ser arrestado únicamente según la opinión del oficial que lo arrestó. Pero mire, los oficiales son como todos nosotros. Son humanos; cometen errores; tienen días buenos; Tienen días malos. Si un buen abogado puede señalar las dificultades o quizás algunos de los errores que el oficial estaba enfrentando ese día, eso podría marcar la diferencia en su caso.

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