San Antonio DWI Attorney
DWI Charges in San Antonio
Under state law, an individual who is arrested for drinking and driving
may either be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving
under the influence (DUI).
The difference between DWI and DUI has to do with the age of the driver.
Underage drivers - younger than 21 years - can be charged with driving
under the influence when they are caught behind the wheel with any detectable
amount of alcohol in their system. Charges of driving while intoxicated,
on the other hand, is charged when the driver has a blood alcohol concentration
of 0.08 percent or more, or when his or her abilities are demonstrated
to be impaired by alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Penalties for Drunk Driving in Texas
The sentence you can receive for drinking and driving depends on several
factors including the number of times you have previously been convicted,
whether there was a child in the vehicle, and whether you are accused
of causing injury or death in a collision.
first-time DWI, for example, carries a possible sentence of:
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Between 3 and 180 days in jail
- A 1-year driver's license suspension
- Up to $2,000 in annual fines in order to retain your driver's license
If you are charged with intoxication manslaughter, you can be sentenced to:
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Between 2 and 20 years in prison
- Minimum of 240 hours mandatory community service
It is imperative that no matter what type of accusation you are facing,
that you have an experienced and powerful San Antonio DWI lawyer working
on your behalf. With over a decade of experience, a
10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and inclusion on the list of
, it is evident that my experience has been a huge asset in helping others
retain positive case results.
Strategies for Fighting DWI / DUI Charges
The question most people are wondering after their arrest is,
"Can I fight my DWI?" The most important thing to know about drunk driving charges is that
you can fight back. Whatever
type of DWI / DUI you are charged with, a San Antonio DWI attorney may be able to clear
your name by disputing the validity of the breath and blood tests, such
as by demonstrating that the breathalyzer was out of calibration and therefore
incapable of providing a reliable sample.
Similarly, video footage from the police car dashboard video camera may
be useful in showing that you did not actually fail the roadside
field sobriety tests. It may even be possible to have the charges thrown out by revealing that
the police officer violated your constitutional rights by pulling you
over without probable cause.
Contact a Former Prosecutor - Free Evaluation
The key to effectively handle your DWI case is to
understand your rights and to hire a lawyer who is ready to fight for you. As a former prosecutor,
I have a unique understanding of criminal cases and can use this to your
advantage in the courtroom. Contact me now at the
Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski for a free case evaluation so that I can begin working on a DWI defense
strategy for you! I have achieved complete case dismissals and reduced
the charges against my past clients.
Call my San Antonio DWI defense firm at (210) 201-7821 before it is too late!