Receiving a driving while intoxicated charge (DWI) can be scary. The penalties and consequences can be life-changing. Once you receive the charge, don’t panic. At Stephen Bowling, we deal with many DWIs in Austin. We work together with clients to help create defenses and hopefully get charges dismissed or downgraded. Read on for three steps to go through after getting charged with a DWI.
Call an Attorney for DWIs in Austin
As soon as you receive the charge, call us at Stephen Bowling. We have a very experienced team of lawyers who can work to get your charges downgraded or dismissed. Our team has helped many clients work through their DWIs in Austin. In some cases, the DWI charges can be completely dismissed based on the police officer’s testimony. There is a deadline to request this dismissal, though, so it is crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after receiving a DWI charge.
Request a DMV Hearing
As soon as you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, your driver’s license will be immediately suspended. The suspension can be appealed by getting a hearing with the Department of Public Safety. This is considered a civil case and is separate from the criminal charge element of your case. Sometimes this hearing can help gather evidence that will help with the criminal side of the case.
Work with Your Attorney to Fight Charges
Our goal when looking at DWIs in Austin is to study the circumstances surrounding the arrest and the DWI breath or blood test. We attempt to create enough reasonable doubt about the conviction that the charge will be dismissed. As we create your case, we want to minimize the damages. A DWI charge comes with fines, jail time, a permanent criminal record that cannot be expunged, and the loss of the driver’s license. An attorney will help to get some of these charges downgraded to reduce the drastic effects on the client’s life. Fighting a DWI case alone can seem overwhelming and nearly impossible, but with an experienced attorney on your side, you can have hope.
DWIs in Austin are common charges that attorneys fight every day. As soon as you receive this charge, call us at Stephen Bowling. We will immediately get to work helping you prepare for hearings and to gather evidence to fight the charges. Remember, a DWI charge does not mean there is no hope! Often the collected evidence leads to charges being downgraded or, in some cases, dismissed. For more information about the services we provide, contact us today.