Feelings of anxiety, stress and being overwhelmed is common if you were charged driving under the influence (DUI) or while intoxicated (DWI) – especially without the help of an experienced Anderson County DWI lawyer. Texas imposes serious consequences on DUI/DWI convictions that often have extensive, lifelong adverse impact on your future. At John Eastland, Attorney at Law, P.C., we can educate you on your legal options and aggressively fight to protect your rights.
With exclusive focus on DUI and DWI, our highly qualified Anderson County DWI lawyer has extensive experience and a wealth of knowledge regarding the unforgiving DUI/DWI laws and the Texas criminal justice system. He will work to craft your best possible defense personalized to your needs.
No case is insignificant. Knowing and thoroughly understanding your story, the facts and circumstances leading to your arrest and subsequent events, and your life and legal objectives are significant to us. We work hard to ensure you can meet those goals.
Don’t get intimidated or frustrated with the criminal justice system. Don’t let it negatively affect your future. With John Eastland by your side, he will meticulously investigate your case, craft your best defenses and tenaciously litigate your case to increase your chances for a reduced or avoidance of the penalties associated with your charge or conviction.
DWI Versus DUI
The main difference between DWI and DUI in Texas boils down to the driver’s age. Pursuant to Texas law, you face DWI charges if:
- You are 21 years of age or older and
- Your blood or breath alcohol concentration is 0.08% or you are impaired by drugs,
- Unless you are a commercial driver, in which case, you are legally intoxicated if your BAC is 0.04% or higher.
Following the zero tolerance policy, you are charged with a DUI under Texas law if:
- You are under 21 years of age and
- Have any detectable amount of alcohol or drugs is in your system
Notably, you could face a DWI charge even if you are under the age of 21, if your BAC is 0.8% or higher.
Consequences of DUI/DWI Convictions
What penalties could you face for a DUI/ DWI conviction? This depends on a number of factors, such as:
- Your age
- BAC level (if you consumed alcohol)
- Type of license
- Whether you have any prior DUI/DWI offenses
- Whether there were any injuries or fatalities
- Amount of property damage, if any
- Whether you have a passenger who is a child younger than 15 years
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, first and second DUI/DWI convictions that do not involve property damages or personal injuries are misdemeanors and subsequent convictions are felonies. Penalties may include:
- Annual surcharge to retain your driver’s license
- Revocation or suspension of driving privileges
- DWI intervention or education programs
- Possible ignition interlock device
But the consequences for a DUI/DWI conviction do not end here. Your personal and professional life will likely be devastatingly impacted. You may suffer the loss of employment opportunities, professional license, personal relationships, or child visitation or custody. A skilled Anderson County DWI lawyer could effectively negotiate a reduction or a dismissal of your DUI/DWI charges and/or punishment by challenging the:
- Circumstances of your arrest or subsequent events, such as violation of your Miranda rights
- Results or administration of the breathalyzer, alcohol blood test and/or standardized field sobriety test (SFST)
Disputing Your Breathalyzer and Alcohol Blood Tests Results
By properly challenging your breathalyzer or alcohol blood test, known as chemical tests, an Anderson County DWI lawyer could successfully have the results barred from evidence. For instance, improper administration or inaccurate calibration of the breathalyzer are causes to invalidate your results. Similarly, improper administration of your alcohol blood test could also invalidate the results.
Anderson County DWI lawyer John Eastland remains abreast of the “science” behind the chemical tests. He comprehends that there are factors that could influence the test results, making them unreliable.
Disputing Your Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Results
John Eastland, a certified SFST practitioner, received training to administer several SFST tests, including:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
- One Leg Stand
- Walk and Turn
By applying his wealth of knowledge of what could affect the accuracy of these “balance tests,” John Eastland can efficiently dispute your DUI/DWI charges.
Contact a Seasoned Anderson County DWI Lawyer
It is imperative to begin developing your defenses immediately after your arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence or while intoxicated. Representing clients throughout Texas, an Anderson County DWI lawyer with John Eastland, Attorney at Law, P.C., can help craft a strong, rock solid defense to aggressively fight your charges. Call us at 903-471-3223 or send an email today.