Tyler DWI/DUI Lawyers
Defending Clients Charged With Driving While Intoxicated in Cherokee County, Van Zandt County & The Surrounding Areas
Were you charged with driving while intoxicated? At Rollings Wood & Pace, our Tyler DWI lawyers have experience handling these kinds of charges, and we understand what it takes to build a strong defense to help you protect your future and driving privileges. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation about how to avoid a criminal conviction.
Have you been charged with a DWI in Texas? Call Rollings Wood & Pace today at (903) 408-3332 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our DWI/DUI attorneys in Tyler! Se habla español.
What are the Penalties for DUI/DWI in Texas?
For first-time DWIs, you may be charged with a Class B or Class A misdemeanor.
- A Class B DWI could result in fines of up to $2,000 and up to 6 months in jail.
- If your blood alcohol percentage (BAC) was over .15 at the time of arrest, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor which could result in fines of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail.
Along with having a criminal record, you may be forced to attend a DWI education program and serve out other sentences.
These could include:
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Community service
- Restricted or revoked driving privileges
- Treatment programs
At Rollings Wood & Pace, we can work to help you maintain the best possible outcome for your situation. We can help you tell your side of the story to the judge and preserve your driving privileges. In some cases, we may even get the charges reduced or dropped. Having criminal defense lawyers on your side is always a good idea.
Field Sobriety Tests in Texas
If you are pulled over for a DUI, the officer is likely going to perform a field sobriety test to see if you are under the influence.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is made of up 3 individual tests:
- One-leg stand test - In this test, the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it for about 30 seconds or until told to put it down. The officer looks for signs of impairment such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test - In this test the officer will observe the eyes of the person in question as they slowly move a pen or small object back and forth to look for indicators in each eye that the person is impaired.
- Walk-and-turn test - In this test, the officer instructs the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe in a straight line and the return back. The officer is looking for signs that the person is impaired such as not being able to keep their balance, starting before the instructions are finished or not following the instructions properly.
Whether you need a Tyler DUI attorney or a Tyler DWI lawyer, we are here to help. Contact us to schedule your free consultation. Our services are available in Spanish.
What Is The Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas?
In Texas, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) are two distinct offenses with different legal implications. Understanding the difference between the two is important for individuals facing charges related to impaired driving.
DWI - Intoxication By Drugs or Alcohol
DWI refers to the crime of driving while intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) In Texas is 0.08%. If a person's BAC exceeds this limit, they can be charged with DWI. Additionally, individuals can also be charged with DWI if they are impaired due to the use of drugs, regardless of their BAC level.
DWI is considered a more serious offense and carries harsher consequences, including fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, probation, and potential jail time.
DUI - Offenses Committed By Minors
On the other hand, DUI in Texas typically refers to offenses committed by minors (individuals under 21 years of age) who operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. Since minors are prohibited from consuming alcohol altogether, any amount of alcohol in their system while driving can result in a DUI charge.
DUI, being a charge primarily for minors, also carries penalties such as fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and possible probation.
Contact Our Tyler DWI/DUI Attorneys Today
If you are facing charges related to DUI or DWI in Tyler, TX, it is crucial to consult with an experienced Tyler DWI/DUI lawyer who can provide you with expert legal guidance and representation. At our law firm, Rollings Wood & Pace, we offer a free consultation to discuss your case and understand your legal options.
Our dedicated team is always available to assist clients and provide personalized attention throughout the legal process. We have a deep understanding of Texas criminal defense laws, including those related to DWI and DUI offenses in Tyler, TX. We are committed to fighting for your rights, exploring all available defenses, and striving for the best possible outcome.
We know this is a difficult time for you. Let us help you plan your next step and avoid a criminal conviction. You do not have to fight this battle alone. There is hope, and we are here to give you the best chance at a successful future. Get started on planning your defense today with one of our Tyler DWI attorneys.
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