Driving While Intoxicated in Austin, Texas
Have you just received "that" phone call? Has a friend or loved one been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or another criminal offense in Austin, Texas? If so, the first thing probably on your mind is how can I help them and what can I do to get them out of jail? Austin criminal defense lawyer Kevin Bennett knows the answers to these questions and has helped numerous people who have been arrested for DWI and/or other felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses bail out of the Travis County Jail. To get immediate help and to make this process as quick and painless as possible, call (512) 476-4626.
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Most people that are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Austin, Texas are unaware that an arrest for DWI/DUI involves two separate proceedings: a civil case affecting your ability to drive a motor vehicle and criminal case affecting your freedom and criminal record. My office can defend you in both proceedings. Upon a DWI/DUI arrest, you only have 15 days to request an administrative hearing to try to prevent your driver's license from being suspended by the Department of Public Safety. If at the hearing it is ordered that your license be suspended, we will work to help you get an occupational license. This occupational license allows you to driving to and from work, school and other approved activities
Expunging a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Arrest
One of the first questions that a defendant in a Driving While Intoxicated case usually has is "how do I keep a DWI off my record?" "Expungement" is the legal process where an individual petitions the Court to order all criminal records relating to a Texas arrest be erased. Expungement is not limited to a Driving While Intoxicated arrest and is granted only under certain circumstances.
To discuss your eligibility for a criminal records expunction, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Kevin Bennett for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation by calling (512) 476-4626 or by email.
Introduction to DWI Law in Texas
The charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is made when a person is determined to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more while driving a motor vehicle and/or is intoxicated by the loss of his/her normal use of mental or physical faculties by the introduction of alcohol or drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
For many people, a DWI is their first arrest and criminal charge (or a DUI if they're under 21 and not legally intoxicated). A DWI can result in serious consequences, including jail time, fines, surcharges, community service, and a loss of driving privileges. In addition, a DWI conviction on a persons driving record can cause their motor vehicle insurance premiums to drastically increase, or cost them their insurance all together.
Austin DWI Lawyer
As an Austin DWI defense firm, the Law Office of Kevin Bennett will work hard to defend your rights and driving privileges both in court and before the Department of Public Safety (DPS). We'll take your case to trial if necessary to avoid a DWI conviction. We will also help you get your driving record and criminal record expunged when that's possible.