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What Happens When You Plead Not Guilty for a DWI? 

Have you been charged with drunk driving in Texas? You are probably freaking out right now and trying to figure out your options. You might be wondering whether you should plead guilty and accept a plea agreement. You might be wondering whether you should plead not guilty and go to trial.

There are also some other options in between those two. For instance, you could plead not guilty at one hearing and then later plead guilty. Your choices will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Some people plead not guilty initially in hopes of wrangling a better plea agreement out of the prosecutor’s office.

If you are wondering what choice to make, you might need to know more about what happens when you plead not guilty for a DWI.

How the Court Process Works for a DWI

When you’ve been arrested for a DWI, the arresting officer sends charges to the county attorney’s office. They can either drop the charges if they feel there is not enough evidence against you or they can press charges, which is known as an indictment. When you’ve been charged with a crime, several court hearings will be set that precede a trial date. 

One of those hearings is an arraignment hearing. The judge will ask you to plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, a trial date will be set. However, several hearings could follow the arraignment, such as motion hearings to extend the trial date or suppress evidence, for example.

Pleading not guilty can also give you more time to decide whether you want to fight your charge or accept a plea agreement.

Plea agreements have become common, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept one. You have the right to a trial. You will want to talk to your lawyer about what is best for your situation.

Possible Defenses Against DWI Charges

Some possible defenses are available when you’ve been charged with a crime. It is possible to use these defenses to get your charges dropped, often before even going to trial. 

For example, if your lawyer files a motion to suppress a piece of evidence that was mishandled by police, your case could be dismissed. The prosecution might feel they no longer have enough evidence against you.

Here are a few more examples of possible defense options:

  • False accusation 
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Mistake of fact
  • Mistaken identity
  • Lack of evidence
  • Inaccurate field sobriety tests

Speak with a DWI Lawyer in Texas

Facing a DWI charge is terrifying, and you probably don’t know what to do. You really should talk to a lawyer about your case before making any decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Your lawyer can help you understand what you’re facing and what options are available.

Connect with a Texas DWI attorney at The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy. Dial 817-605-1010 or complete the internet submission form below.

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