Texas DWI Lawyer
Texas DWI Lawyer, Ashley Morgan, and the award-winning trial team at Soyars & Morgan Law work hard to fight your DWI. If you have been arrested for a DWI, you will need help from our knowledgeable team of attorneys. Our dynamic legal team will educate you on what to expect. Watch the video below for details, or read on to learn more about our customized approach to your legal defense.
How Defending a DWI in Texas Works . . .
Protect Your Right to Drive After DWI Arrest.
Have you felt scared about what a DWI arrest will do to your life, your job, your income? We understand your concerns. No one wants to lose the right to drive, have a criminal record, or be concerned about going to jail. At Soyars & Morgan Law, P.C., our Texas DWI lawyers help to make sure all the steps are taken to try and avoid that result.
You do not have time to wait to retain an attorney; you need a lawyer right away. After a DWI arrest in Texas, you only have 15 days to request a driver’s license suspension hearing. Find out Why Drivers License Suspension Hearings are Important.
CONTACT US right away to make sure your right to a driver’s license is protected.
Texas DWI Lawyer
Ashley Morgan and the Soyars & Morgan Law team provide personalized attention to your DWI case. DWI convictions can be costly and you will want to avoid a permanent criminal history. Meet virtually or in-person with one of our Texas DWI lawyers so our legal team can walk you through everything you need to know in order to protect yourself from a criminal record and possible jail time.
Our Texas legal services are perfect for you if:
- You need a DWI lawyer to prevent your drivers license from being suspended.
- You need a DWI lawyer to avoid a criminal record.
- You need a DWI lawyer to prevent a conviction.
What do I do after a DWI Arrest in Texas?
Do you need a Texas DWI lawyer to walk you through the court process, to prepare you for what to expect, and to make sure you don’t miss a critical deadline? Our Texas DWI legal team is ready to answer your questions. Schedule a FREE consultation with us right away.
Ashley Morgan and her legal team will give you the information necessary to help successfully defend you against your DWI charge. We will meet with you and answer all your questions, and we will develop a customized DWI defense strategy for you.
Texas DWI Lawyer—fight for your freedom and your reputation.
Let our Texas DWI Lawyers help you.
Getting arrested for Driving While Intoxicated can be a scary and traumatic event, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever been arrested. Don’t leave your future to an inexperienced attorney. DWI convictions can be fought! We will leave no stone unturned in fighting for you. Our goal is to get your driving while intoxicated case dismissed or reduced.
Get started fighting your DWI
Step 1: Let’s talk about your case.
First things first! Contact our Texas DWI Lawyers! We’ll help you understand the process and discuss the details of your DWI arrest, along with your goals and any challenges you may face. Many times, individuals arrested for a DWI are more concerned about the unknowns. Once you know what to expect, it eases the anxiety many feel after the initial shock from being arrested wears off. After speaking with us, you will be able to make an informed decision about which DWI lawyer you want to work with.
Step 2: Let’s get your Texas Driver’s License Hearing Requested.
There is no time to wait! We don’t want to miss the 15-day deadline to request your driver’s license suspension hearing. Once we are retained, we will help make sure your hearing is requested correctly. All too often, clients come to us and say that they requested the hearing, but DPS shows no record of the request. We have handled hundreds of cases in Texas and can make sure your rights to the hearing are preserved.
Step 3: Put the Plan into Action.
Don’t delay! Time is of the essence to avoid missing a deadline. Once we are retained, we will obtain the evidence from the State of Texas and schedule you to discuss the evidence, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the case. During this time, we will discuss strategies and what we hope to accomplish. A plan of action will be decided upon and we will educate you on all the things to expect during the course of the case.
While most clients would love a quick fix, Texas DWI charges will take time to obtain the best possible result. During that waiting period, Soyars & Morgan Law will be continuing to monitor your case and look for opportunities to move your case into position to get a dismissal. While not every case will get dismissed, our proven techniques will maximize the chances for a reduction.
Texas Driving While Intoxicated cases can be beat.
Whether you took a breath or blood test, your DWI case will require an experienced Texas DWI lawyer to help you understand how these cases can be beat!
Soyars & Morgan Law can make the difference between winning, going to jail, or doing DWI probation. Our Texas law firm is trained in the science behind the breath and blood testing, as well as how to attack the standardized field sobriety tests. Our legal team has spent years acquiring award-winning trial experience. We know the judges and prosecutors in each of the Districts and County Courts at Law in Texas.
Our highly successful record of dismissals, reductions, and reduction of DWI charges in Texas speaks for itself.
Are you worried that your DWI arrest will affect your career, your life, or your freedom? Let us reassure you; we have a plan. We can help you get your life back on track and minimize the impact a DWI charge will have on you. Too many times, individuals arrested for DWI delay in contacting us. They don’t understand that time is of the essence in the early stages of the DWI process. It allows us to preserve rights and schedule hearings that may be waived if we do not act promptly.
Driving While Intoxicated Offenses in Texas
DWI 1st Offense
If this is your first DWI and your BAC is less than a .15 at the time your breath and/or blood was taken, you will be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor DWI. The maximum range of punishment is up to 180 days and/or a $3,000 fine to be paid within 36 months. You most likely will not go back to jail or have to do any jail time as a condition of your probation. But each judge is a little different in how they proceed with sentencing. You most likely will not have a suspension on your license if you are convicted of a DWI 1st, but you will have to complete several courses and most likely have an ignition interlock on your car for half the term of your probation. Learn more.
DWI over .15 BAC
If you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than a .15, you will be charged with a Driving While Intoxicated offense, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. The maximum range of punishment is up to 365 days in the county jail and a fine. If you have no conviction, but your BAC is above a .15, the maximum fine is up to $3,000. You probably won’t do any more jail time, but the judge will order ignition interlock for half the term of your probation. Learn more.
DWI 2nd Offense
If you served community supervision or probation, or did jail time for a previous intoxication offense, the State can charge you with a DWI 2nd. Repeat DWI 2nd offenses are punishable by up-to a year in jail and up to a $4,500 fine. If you have a previous DWI, there could be 5 days in jail time assessed as a condition of probation. This means that even if you are granted probation, the judge could still sentence you to 5 days in county jail.
Once you bond out of jail on a DWI 2nd offense, you will be ordered to maintain and install ignition interlock as a condition of your bond. If you end up being convicted, you will have to continue having that device on your vehicle for at least half the term of your probation. The Court can also order a 2-year driver’s license suspension. Learn more.
DWI 3rd or More
In Texas, if you have two or more DWI offenses that you served community supervision or did jail time on, you will be charged with a third degree felony Driving While Intoxicated offense. On a third degree DWI felony offense in Texas, you can receive 2-10 years of prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Those defendants receiving community supervision, instead of prison time, are required to serve a mandatory 30 days in jail as a condition of community supervision. They will also likely have to complete an inpatient treatment program. Additionally, the judge will suspend your drivers license from 180 days up to 2 years if convicted, and require ignition interlock be installed on any car you operate while you are on community supervision. Learn more.
Intoxication Assault falls under Chapter 49.07 of the Texas Penal Code and defines intoxicated assault as when an individual operates a motor vehicle on a public road and by reason of his or her impairment, causes an accident that results in serious bodily injury to another person. It does not matter if the injuries were caused by accident, by mistake, or by intent. Learn more.
Under Texas law, intoxication manslaughter is defined as “an individual that operates a motor vehicle in a public space, an aircraft, a watercraft, an amusement ride, or assembles an amusement ride while being intoxicated with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than or equal to .08% in which the aforementioned intoxication causes the death of another by mistake or accident.” Learn more.
DWI in Texas FAQ’s
What is the difference between DWI and DUI?
Many people use the terms DWI and DUI interchangeably, but in Texas, DWI and DUI are different. Driving While Intoxicated requires Texas to prove the person was “intoxicated.” Intoxication means (1) the loss of the normal use of one’s mental or physical faculties due to the introduction of alcohol or drugs or (2) having a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit. A DWI in Texas is punishable by jail time. If you are under the age of 21 and your BAC is above a .08, most likely you will still be charged as a DWI.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Texas is only for drivers under 21 years old. The State is not required to prove “intoxication” for a DUI. However, the driver must be under 21 years of age (i.e., not able to legally drink) and under the influence of alcohol. “Under the influence” can be shown if you admit to consuming alcohol or the officer smells it on your breath or finds evidence of consumption while driving. A DUI is a Class C misdemeanor and is not punishable by jail time, only a fine of up-to $500.
Do I have to install ignition interlock?
If the court has ordered you to have ignition interlock installed as a condition of your bond, you will need to get it installed. If you no longer have access to a vehicle to install it to, contact us. Once retained, we will be able to contact the court and address the issue so that you do not violate the Court’s order. It is important to address this issue promptly with the court.
How do I find a Texas DWI Lawyer?
- Interview at least three local Texas DWI Lawyers.
- Listen to their responses. Are they explaining the DWI court process or just treating you like a statistic?
- Read their reviews.
- Look at their experience.