Many people believe that, if they are charged with DWI in Texas, they should simply accept their fate – and all the serious consequences that come with a conviction. Even if the arresting officer tells you that the DWI charge will definitely stick, it is important to recognize that this is the officer's opinion and has no bearing on how your case will play out. You can fight your DWI charges, and you are well-advised to do so. Taking the following important steps can help.
The timeline for fighting a DWI charge is quite tight, and failing to meet any one of the deadlines can mean the difference between beating the charges and having a DWI conviction on your record. Further, if you refused a chemical test during the course of your arrest, which is a more accurate test that is, therefore, more difficult to fight, you have only 15 days to contest the automatic administrative suspension of your driver’s license. It is critical to work quickly to ensure that you are able to build your strongest defense because time, in this situation, is of the essence and is not on your side.
Examine the Evidence Against You
Discovery is critical to your case, and you have the right to know any evidence that the prosecution has against you. Your experienced criminal defense attorney has weapons in his or her arsenal that will allow you to gather the evidence you need, and that evidence will help you ascertain where the state’s case is the weakest and how best to proceed.
Do Your Own Investigation
The prosecution is only likely to include information that is helpful to its case – in other words, only the evidence that incriminates you. Counter this by doing some investigating of your own, which can be extremely helpful. Speaking to any eyewitnesses can be very revealing and may help bolster your case.
Know the Testing Protocols
Many of the tests that are administered to help determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol are guided by strict protocols. Knowing the protocols and comparing them to how your tests were handled could provide you with a substantial defense. Such tests can include:
Field sobriety tests
Chemical tests, such as blood or urine tests
Do Not Ignore Your Bond Conditions
If the court applies conditions to your bond, follow them closely. Failure to do so can land you back in jail – where you will not be able to build your strongest case.
It Is Time to Consult with an Experienced Attorney
A DWI conviction carries serious consequences that can negatively affect your future. Brett Pritchard is a dedicated criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, who is committed to helping you obtain the best possible resolution of your case. Your future is too important to leave to chance, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.