Quitman DWI Lawyer
Being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) can be stressful and frustrating, especially without a Quitman DWI lawyer in your corner. DWI/DUI convictions have both serious and long-lasting consequences. Quitman DWI attorney John Eastland will aggressively fight to safeguard your legal rights.
Our Quitman DWI lawyer accumulated extensive experience and knowledge of DWI/DUI laws and the Texas criminal justice system to develop the best defenses individualized to your needs and goals.
We treat every case with utmost care and attention. It is important to us to thoroughly understand the events leading up to your arrest as well as what occurred afterward. We want to know your life and legal goals. Furthermore, we will work tirelessly for you to give you the opportunities to meet you goals.
With Quitman DWI lawyer John Eastland by your side, you won’t be frustrated or intimidated by the criminal justice system. He can increase your opportunity to have your charges or conviction either reduced or dismissed by meticulously investigating your facts and circumstances, building your best defenses and aggressively litigating your case.
DUI and DWI Differences
The most obvious difference between DWI and DUI is the age of the driver. You could face charges of DWI if you are 21 and over and you are under the influence of drugs or your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% (0.04% if you are a commercial driver) or higher.
Under Texas’s zero tolerance policy, any driver under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI for any detectable amount of drugs or alcohol in your system. However, if your BAC is 0.08% or higher, you can be charged with DWI, even if you are under 21.
Penalties for DWI/DUI Convictions
There are several factors that a judge considers when determining your punishment for a DWI/DUI conviction:
- BAC level (if you consumed alcohol)
- License type
- Prior DWI/DUI offenses
- Accident resulting in injuries or fatalities, if any
- Accident resulting in property damage, if any
- Whether you have a passenger who is younger than 15 years
Your penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction may include the following:
- Jail time
- Yearly surcharge to keep your driver’s license
- Revoked or suspended driving privileges
- DWI intervention or education programs
- Possible ignition interlock device
The consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction can invade your personal and/or professional life as well. For example, it can affect your professional license, employment opportunities, relationships and child custody or visitation. A skilled Quitman DWI lawyer can effectively negotiate or litigate for a reduction or dismissal of your DWI/DUI charges by attacking the following:
- Circumstances of your arrest or the subsequent events, such as a violation of your constitutional rights.
- Administration or results of the Breathalyzer, alcohol blood test, or standardized field sobriety test (SFST).
Challenging Chemical Test Results
A Quitman DWI lawyer can challenge the result of your chemical tests (Breathalyzer or alcohol blood test) to keep them from being admitted into evidence. For example, the Breathalyzer results may be invalid if the calibration was not accurate. The court could throw out both chemical test results if law enforcement did not administer them properly.
Quitman DWI lawyer John Eastland remains abreast of the information supporting chemical tests. He knows there are factors that can influence the test results, therefore making them questionable.
Challenging SFST Results
As a certified SFST practitioner, John Eastland received training so he could conduct SFST tests, including the following:
He can effectively dispute your DUI/DWI charges by employing his knowledge to question the SFST results.
A Seasoned Quitman DWI Lawyer Can Fight For You
It is crucial to begin crafting your defenses as soon as possible after your arrest for DWI/DUI. A Quitman DWI lawyer with John Eastland, Attorney at Law, P.C., representing clients throughout Texas, can fight your charges by developing a compelling defense.