Tarrant, Parker And Surrounding Counties Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer
Given the number of people that are injured or killed because of intoxicated drivers every year, it comes with little surprise that state authorities would seek heavy enforcement of drunk driving laws. However, the execution of that enforcement is often not commensurate with the spirit of the laws because the methods of making traffic stops and gathering evidence are often coupled with shoddy enforcement practices and a large margin of error. At the Law Office of Harmony M. Schuerman, we offer criminal defense representation to individuals who are facing unfair or unfounded DWI and DUI charges.
What is A DWI or DUI?
In Texas, DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED means:
- not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties – this can include through the ingestion of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug (with or without a prescription), or a dangerous drug; OR
- having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
Penalties for a DWI conviction have long lasting effects on one’s life, reputation and career. In Texas, even the lowest level charge can have years-worth of implications for one’s driving record and personal pursuits. Furthermore, basic DWI charges can quickly reach higher punishment ranges if one or more of certain aggravating factors were present during the stop/arrest:
- Minor in the vehicle
- Weapons in the vehicle
- Accident while under the influence
- Injury or death related to the offense
- Alcohol concentration of greater than 0.15 in the bloodstream
- Prior DWI arrests
Any of these factors can take one simple lapse in judgment and give it life-long implications. Fines, prison sentences and license suspensions are all common penalties levied on convictions of driving while intoxicated. Furthermore, repeated convictions can also lead to heavier penalties, with third and subsequent charges reaching felony level.
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Tarrant or Parker, it is imperative to the future of your case that you contact a local criminal defense attorney immediately. At the Law Office of Harmony M. Schuerman we are determined to see our clients DWI and DUI cases treated fairly by the courts. Contact our firm today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation and your options with our attorney.