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5 Steps for Dealing with a DWI

5 Steps for Dealing with a DWI

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 your case.
  5. 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.

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