If you are facing Texas DWI charges, there are plenty of negative consequences to consider. Many people, however, are most concerned with retaining their ability to drive – often because of the important ways it can affect their employment. A variety of factors go into determining this matter, but license suspension is one of the most common penalties for a Texas DWI conviction. Nevertheless, there are things that you can do to help you avoid this fate.
If you are convicted of a DWI, there are a wide range of considerations that can affect your sentencing, including:
- Whether the offense is your first
- Whether you refused to be breathalyzed
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC)
- If you were involved in a car accident
- Whether anyone was injured in that accident
The Breathalyzer Test
In the State of Texas, the officer who stops you has the right to request that you take a breathalyzer test or a blood test once you have been pulled over under suspicion of driving while impaired. While you also have the right to refuse such a test, doing so means that your driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days. You will, however, be given the opportunity to appeal this suspension.
Your Right to Appeal
If you refuse to take the breathalyzer test when you were stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence, your license will be seized, and you will be provided with a notice of suspension. This notice will apprise you of your right to appeal within 15 days. If you are timely and compliant with your appeal, you will receive a DWI hearing date – at which time your appeal will be heard.
Your Court Appearance
At your DWI hearing, you will be given the opportunity to present your defense and fight the license suspension. If you do not prevail in your defense, however, the court will officially suspend your license for a specified length of time – based on the factors reviewed above. Fortunately, in many cases, an attorney can prevent the immediate suspension of your license and may even be able to allow you to continue driving indefinitely.
The Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Being convicted of a DWI comes with serious consequences that include the suspension of your driver's license. This can affect your ability to continue working and can wreak havoc on your personal life. Other issues to consider, however, include future employment opportunities, housing opportunities, opportunities related to volunteering in your community, and more. If you are facing DWI charges, the best path forward is by working closely with an experienced criminal lawyer who will help bring the strongest case in your defense.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today
A DWI conviction is serious and can have serious consequences in your future, including the suspension of your driver's license. Attorney Brett Pritchard is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who is committed to aggressively advocating for the best possible resolution of your case. We are on your side, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.