Hiring Jeff Kennedy turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Mr. Kennedy was able to have my case dismissed. Yes, outright dismissal of the charge!

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We did exactly as Jeff instructed and the case was dismissed. There are no words to explain how happy we are with his performance.

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Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car.

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Hiring Jeff Kennedy turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

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We did exactly as Jeff instructed and the case was dismissed. There are no words to explain how happy we are with his performance.

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Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car.

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November 18, 2019

Southlake DWI Lawyer

A drunk driving arrest doesn’t have to ruin your future. Find out if your charges can be dismissed or reduced by consulting with a DWI attorney in Southlake, Texas.

A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction can affect one’s life in a broad and sweeping manner, hurting your ability to obtain employment, attend school, and maintain a drivers license.

The truth is that one mistake doesn’t speak to your character, nor should it permanently be a stain on your record. It might even be that you’ve been wrongfully accused or had your rights violated by the arresting officers.

If you’re being brought to court for a drunk driving offense, contact a Southlake DWI lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy today.

Penalties for DWI in Texas

To discourage intoxicated motorists from hitting the road, most states, including Texas, have set a uniform legally allowed blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers of .08 percent, which is equivalent to about three or four drinks for most people.

If you’re pulled over and your BAC exceeds this threshold, you will likely face a number of penalties, the severity of which will depend on the circumstances of your DWI arrest and how many prior drunk driving convictions you have.

For instance, first-time DWI offenders can expect to pay up to $2,000 in fines, spend up to six months in jail, lose their license for one year, and pay a three-year annual license-retention fee of $2,000.

While subsequent DWI convictions will result in similar punitive actions, they will get progressively harsher, becoming a felony on the third offense.

Additional Drunk Driving Charges

A DWI charge is often accompanied by additional charges. For example, cruising drunk with a passenger who’s under the age of fifteen is considered a felony. Possible legal consequences associated with this mistake include the following:

  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • A maximum of two years in jail
  • License suspended for six months

These are some hefty consequences to pay for a single traffic stop. By working with a DWI lawyer, you might be able to see your drunk driving charge and related offenses dismissed or reduced.

Defenses Against Intoxicated Driving Charges

Accused parties in the United States are innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, just because you were arrested for DWI, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be convicted.

Essential to proving your innocence is having a valid defense for why it appeared that you were drunk. For example, a friend who was in the car with you might be able to attest to the fact that you were driving erratically due to external circumstances (e.g., avoiding an animal in the road).

It’s also quite possible that your sobriety test was conducted under suboptimal conditions, leading to an inaccurate reading.

Additionally, anything that the accusing officer did that was illegal or unconstitutional in any way should be highlighted, as that could render any related evidence inadmissible.

There are literally dozens of defenses, and a defense attorney from our office can help you determine which will give you the best chance for avoiding a conviction and how to build a case to support it.

Contact a Southlake Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

Regardless of whether you think you were innocent or guilty of drunk driving, it’s critical to fight the charge against you in order to protect your future wellbeing. With over twenty years of experience, trust the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy to get you best possible verdict in your DWI case.

Contact us today at 817-605-1010, or complete the contact form below for a free, confidential case review with an experienced Southlake DWI lawyer.

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