When you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer may ask you to submit to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. He or she will also be on the lookout for signs of intoxication such as the smell of alcohol, open alcohol containers, and other signs of impairment.
The police can also request that you submit to a breath or blood test to check your blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. Refusing this test can result in the automatic suspension of your driver's license. However, if you submit to the test and are found to have a BAC at or above the legal limit of 0.08, you will be arrested and charged with DWI—a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas.
If you are found to be guilty of DWI, you may face penalties including 180 days to a year in jail and monetary fines ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. The state of Texas has recently updated the DWI statute to enact harsher penalties on drivers who are found to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of over 0.15 percent.
The Law Offices of Ned Barnett is a criminal defense firm with a record of success in defending various DWI case including underage DWI and felony DWI. Attorney Ned Barnett has developed a strong reputation throughout the Galveston area. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Regardless of the circumstances that led to your DWI charges, Mr. Barnett is prepared to defend your rights and fight for reduced or dismissed charges in court. In defending DWI cases, Mr. Barnett uses his wealth of legal resources and trial experience to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.
Contact Galveston DWI lawyer Ned Barnett following your DWI arrest for a free, no-obligation review of your case.