Texas takes DWI matters seriously. If you’re arrested for DWI, you’ll be arraigned shortly thereafter. The arraignment is when you’re formally informed of the charges against you and you’re given an opportunity to enter a plea. If you enter a not guilty plea, another court appearance will be scheduled. It’s important to have an experienced Fort Worth DWI lawyer on your team before making ANY decisions regarding your case.
Sometimes you’ll be required to attend a pretrial suppression hearing. In a such a hearing, the prosecution submits the evidence that you are guilty of the DWI, and the judge rules on whether the evidence is admissible. The actual DWI trial will be scheduled shortly after the pretrial. You can be tried by a jury or by a judge.
It may seem that a DWI case is fairly open and shut, but in fact there is often a lot of room for doubt. Field sobriety tests, for instance, are notoriously unreliable, and a case that is based heavily on these results is unlikely to hold up.
You may also have been given blood, breath, or urine tests. These tests sometimes have accuracy problems too. Sometimes arresting officers use portable breath testing equipment that is not authorized for professional use, and the results of testing with this equipment should not be used against you. Breath tests may also give false results when certain foods are consumed. An attorney can request maintenance and calibration records on a particular machine.
Blood and urine tests must be stored properly and administered by a qualified person. It’s quite possible that some of these tests are also invalid, and an experienced attorney will know how and when to challenge their results.
Texas imposes heavy fines, possible jail time, possible loss of your license, and often community service for even a first DWI offense. A DWI conviction is a very big deal. It will cost you a great deal of money and will inconvenience you for years to come. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Fort Worth DWI Lawyer on your team from the beginning.
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