Being charged for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
can be a frightening experience. Whether it is a first offense or a felony
charge, DWI allegations put a lot on the line – and they threaten
your freedom and future. As such, working with the right attorney can
make the difference in your case, and ensure you have the guidance, counsel,
and representation needed to navigate these difficult times and secure
the best possible resolution.
At Khawaja Law Firm, PLLC, our Sugar Land criminal defense attorneys have
represented numerous clients charged with the full range of
DWI offenses. By leveraging our extensive experience, we have been able to effectively
protect their rights and provide the aggressive representation they required
when they needed it most. While we always encourage clients to speak with
us as soon as possible after being arrested, we know that it is still
vital that accused individuals have the facts they need to understand
their rights and the process ahead.
Below are a few important steps to remember after being charged with a DWI:
Know your rights – Knowing your rights is critical to protecting yourself during
investigations and criminal proceedings. This includes your right to remain
silent. When stopped under suspicion of DWI or charged with an offense,
remember that the Fifth Amendment protects you from self-incrimination.
You do not have to speak to police or investigators, as doing so can place
you at risk of saying something that can be used against you and used
to connect you with knowledge of a crime, even if you were innocent. In
addition to your right to remain silent, you also have the right to legal
representation and to work with an attorney to challenge the government’s
case against you.
Understand the charges – Knowing the charges you face can help you understand what’s
at stake and why it is important to fight the allegations made in your
name. In Texas, DWI charges are taken very seriously, and even first time
offenders can face hefty fines, driver’s license suspension, community
service, probation, and sentences in jail or state prison. These penalties
can be enhanced when aggravating circumstances are present, including
prior DWI convictions, high BAC levels, child passengers, and accidents
causing injuries or death. In the most serious cases, DWIs can be prosecuted
as felonies, which pose life-altering consequences. With any charge, a
conviction can also create extensive limitations in your life when it
comes to employment and your reputation.
Know that DWI cases have two components – DWI cases are unique from many others because in addition to criminal
charges and the threat of penalties, they also entail hearings concerning
your driver’s license and your driving privileges. These matters
are handled separately by the criminal court and the Texas Department
of Public Safety (TxDPS). At Khawaja Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients
during both aspects of their DWI case, working to protect them against
penalties handed down in criminal court and repercussions to their license,
including suspension or revocation.
Remember that time is a factor – Time is an important factor in any criminal case, and especially
DWI cases. This is because you have a limited amount of time to challenge
an automatic driver’s license suspension following an arrest. Taking
immediate action in your defense can also afford your lawyer the time
needed to conduct a thorough investigation into the individual facts of
your case, from the initial stop to the investigation to the arrest. If
it is discovered that law enforcement made errors during these phases,
such as pulling over a driver without probable cause, it can greatly benefit
Speak with an experienced lawyer – The most important step you can take after you or someone you
love has been arrested and charged with DWI is to immediately contact
an experienced lawyer. Our legal team is readily available to help clients
from the very moment they reach out to us. We take the time to address
all of their questions and concerns and begin the process of investigating
the case, handling driver’s license matters, and working toward
a positive resolution. When your future is on the line, having a proven
advocate in your corner can make the difference.
Khawaja Law Firm, PLLC has achieved a number of successful results for
clients throughout Harris County and the greater Houston area because
our attorneys have the experience, insight, and resources to tackle even
the toughest cases. When you or a loved one have been accused of DWI,
you can be confident about placing your trust in our team.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.