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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.

Call my office today to discuss your case during a free evaluation.

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.

A first-time DWI 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 DWI lawyer in San Antonio working on your behalf. With over a decade of experience, a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and inclusion on the list of Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 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 DWI lawyer in San Antonio 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.

How to Effectively Handle Your DWI Case

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 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! Free consultation.

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