Raines County DWI Lawyer
If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or while intoxicated (DWI), you may be feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed, especially without an experienced Raines County DWI lawyer by your side. DUI/DWI convictions not only have serious consequences, but also have extensive, far-reaching ramifications on your future. Raines County DWI lawyer John Eastland will fight to protect your legal rights.
By primarily focusing on DUI/DWI, John Eastland has developed extensive knowledge and experience in the Texas criminal justice system. He is well-versed DUI/DWI laws and knows how to build defenses personalized to your goals and needs.
Representation Personalized to You
Every case is important. We want to know and thoroughly understand the facts and circumstances that led to your arrest along with the events that followed. We want to comprehend your legal and life goals. Moreover, we will work tirelessly to help give you the opportunity to meet those goals.
The criminal justice system won’t intimidate or frustrate you — not with Raines County DWI Lawyer John Eastland at your side. He will thoroughly investigate your case, strategize your best defenses and aggressively litigate your case so you have an increased chance to have your charge or conviction reduced or dismissed.
Difference Between DUI and DWI
The biggest difference between DUI and DWI is the age of the driver. Texas has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinkers who drive. If you have any detectable amount of alcohol or drugs in your system and you are under the age of 21, you can face charges of a DUI. You can also face DWI charges if your blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher.
However, if you are 21 and over, you could be charged with a DWI if you are impaired by drugs or have a BAC is 0.08% or more. If you are a commercial driver, you can also be charged with a DWI if your BAC is 0.04% or higher.
The punishments you face with a DUI/DWI conviction depends on a number of factors:
- BAC level (if you consumed alcohol)
- Type of license
- Prior DUI/DWI offenses
- Accident resulting in injuries or fatalities, if any
- Property damage, if any
- Whether you have a passenger who is younger than 15 years
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, DUI/DWI convictions may include:
- Prison time
- Annual surcharge to retain your driver’s license
- Driving privileges revoked or suspended
- DWI intervention or education programs
- Possible ignition interlock device
But the ramifications of DUI/DWI conviction can spill over into your personal or professional life. It can impact your employment opportunities, professional licensure, child visitation or custody, and professional and personal relationships. A skilled Raines County DWI lawyer can effectively negotiate a dismissal or reduction of your DUI/DWI charges or penalties by attacking the:
- Circumstances of your arrest or what occurs after, such as violation of your constitutional rights.
- Administration or results of the standardized field sobriety test (SFST), alcohol blood test and/or Breathalyzer.
Challenging Your Chemical Test Results
A Raines County DWI lawyer can successfully keep the results of your chemical tests — Breathalyzer or alcohol blood test — from evidence by properly challenging the results. For example, the test results could be invalidated if the chemical tests were improperly administered or if the Breathalyzer was inaccurately calibrated.
Raines County DWI lawyer John Eastland remains on top of the “science” supporting the chemical tests. He understands that factors exist that can influence the test results, making them dubious.
Challenging Your SFST Results
John Eastland is a certified SFST practitioner and received training to conduct SFSTs, including:
He can effectively challenge your DUI/DWI charges by applying his knowledge of how certain factors could affect the accuracy of the SFST results.
A Seasoned Raines County DWI Lawyer Can Help
It is crucial to immediately begin developing your defenses if you are facing charges of DUI/DWI. A Raines County DWI lawyer with John Eastland, Attorney at Law, P.C., who represents clients throughout Texas, can aggressively fight your charges by crafting a rock solid and strong defense.