Mandatory Jail or Prison Sentence
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Why should you hire an experienced South Texas
driving while intoxicated defense lawyer?
A DWI conviction can bring with it a mandatory jail or
prison sentence. Depending on number of prior offenses this jail time can range
from one day to several years. Some situations that can affect the amount of prison
time incurred from a DWI charge include:
- Excessive speed (20-30 miles
over limit) while under the influence of alcohol
- Extremely high BAC of 0.20%
or more by breathalyzer or blood test
- Driver is under age 21
- A child was in the vehicle
at the time of DWI arrest
- Bodily injury or property damage
occurs as a result of
- DWI Multiple convictions on
record for driver A first offense DWI usually does not result in jail time.
It is a good idea, however, to retain a DWI lawyer to
make sure you do not spend any unnecessary time in jail. Second and subsequent offenses
may require mandatory jail time. Often your lawyer can petition the court for alternatives
to jail time which can include:
- Alcohol and drug assessment
- Sober living houses
- House arrest
- Work release programs
- Electronic monitoring
It is important to note that in most states if an injury
occurs as a result of driving while intoxicated it is considered a felony. These
cases are serious; therefore, you should not delay in seeking the counsel of a DWI
attorney. Felony DWI s carry far greater penalties than misdemeanor DWI s including
a mandatory jail sentence of 180 days in many states. Your DWI attorney may be able
to negotiate a felony charge down to a misdemeanor.
What can you do?
It is always a good idea to research, and hire and an
experienced San Antonio DWI attorney. Don’t base your decision solely on an
advertisement. Do your homework. Meet with the attorney you are considering in person.
Take advantage of our free initial consultation. Bring the evidence against you
to the meeting and be ready to ask questions. The attorney will ask you questions
about your arrest and will be able to formulate a good defense for your case. You
will be able to ask questions and determine whether or not we are the right law
firm for you. Remember; don’t say anything to the police or prosecutors before
you speak with us. Call us today for your free initial consultation The Law Offices
of Carabin & Shaw .
The consequences of a driving while intoxicated conviction
are numerous and serious and may include mandatory jail time. Put an experienced
San Antonio DWI lawyer on your side. Protect your rights, your freedom, and your