Plano DWI Attorney
Fighting Driving While Intoxicated Charges in Texas
If you are arrested for DWI, it is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney who knows the law, can address your questions and concerns, and is capable of aggressively defending you in court. Bill Stovall has tried numerous DWI cases across the State of Texas and is prepared to successfully handle every phase of your case.
In addition to creating an effective defense strategy against your charges, Plano DWI attorney Bill Stovall can represent you at your Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. Whether you are facing the suspension of your license or need help obtaining your occupational driver’s license, depend on the Law Offices of Bill J. Stovall to help you achieve your goals.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits in Texas
In Texas, it is illegal for drivers over the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. According to state law, a person is legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level reaches .08% at the time of driving. Commercial drivers holding a CDL are only permitted to drive with a BAC of less than .04%, regardless of what type of vehicle they are driving. Drivers who are found to have a BAC or .15% or above can face more significant penalties.
Texas has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers who are under 21, meaning they are not allowed to operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system.
What are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?
Being convicted for DWI can result in several significant consequences, including fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension. The specific penalties you could face depend on how many previous offenses you have and whether or not you were driving with a child passenger.
Potential punishments for DWI in Texas include:
- First offense – 3 to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, and driver’s license suspension for up to a year
- Second offense – 1 month to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, driver’s license suspension for up to two years
- Third offense – 2 to 10 years in prison, a fine of $10,000, and driver’s license suspension for up to two years
- DWI with a child passenger – up to 2 years in prison, a maximum fine of $10,000, and driver’s license suspension for 180 days
On top of these penalties, a DWI conviction will be added to your criminal record, which could make it difficult to find a job, gain entrance into a college, acquire certifications, or purchase a gun.
Field Sobriety Tests
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is made of up 3 individual tests:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - For this test the officer will observe the eyes of the person in question as they slowly move a pen or small object back and forth to look for signs in each eye that the person is impaired.
- Walk-and-turn test - For this test, the officer instructs the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe in a straight line and the return back. The officer is looking for signs of intoxication such as not being able to keep their balance, starting before the instructions are finished or not following the instructions properly.
- One-leg stand test - For this test, the officer will instruct the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it for about 30 seconds. The officer looks for signs of intoxication such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.
Call Now for Dedicated Legal Representation
As the government ramps up their efforts to prosecute and convict people accused of DWI, make sure you have a knowledgeable lawyer who can protect your rights and freedom. You can count on Bill Stovall to thoroughly investigate your case and prepare a strong defense on your behalf.
Contact the Law Offices of Bill J. Stovall at (214) 972-0004 to discuss your rights and options with a skilled DWI lawyer in Plano.