Drunk Driving / DWI

Experienced Dallas Drunk Driving DWI Defense Lawyer

According to the most current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, Texas held the No. 1 spot for the state with the greatest number of alcohol-related fatalities in 2005 and 2006.

In all 50 states, a driving-while-intoxicated charge is based on a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In Texas, a police officer can issue a citation for impaired driving caused by alcohol or other drugs regardless of the driver’s BAC. If the driver is under age 21, driving with any detectable amount of alcohol is illegal.

Located in Dallas, Texas, and serving the communities in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and North Texas, the Law Office of Phillip Hayes aggressively defends individuals charged with drunk driving in Texas (Texas DWI-DUI).

With more than 10 years’ experience, including over five years’ experience as a former Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, DWI defense lawyer Phillip Hayes understands how to defend you against DWI charges. He will analyze the strengths and weaknesses in your case and present you with your options based on his extensive experience handling DWI cases throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.ely to criminal defense.

Texas DWI Penalties

Texas has stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated. On top of jail sentences and hefty fines, convictions also carry license suspensions and a Texas Driver Responsibility Tax of $1,000 per year for three years for a first DWI offense, $1,500 per year for three years for a second DWI offense and $2,000 per year for a first or subsequent conviction if your BAC level was double or more the legal limit.

A DWI conviction may have an impact on your life in numerous ways. Jail sentences and fines are set as follows:

  • First offense: class B misdemeanor with a maximum of 180 days in county jail and/or maximum $2,000 fine
  • Second offense within 10 years: class A misdemeanor with a maximum one year in county jail and/or maximum $4,000 fine
  • Subsequent offense: Third-degree felony with 2-10 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 fine

Additional consequences also may include:

  • Vehicle immobilization or impoundment
  • Alcohol abuse assessment and treatment
  • Criminal record
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Cancellation of insurance
  • Mandatory alcohol safety school
  • Job loss
  • Community service

With so much at risk, you will need a skilled attorney to challenge the criminal charges you face and assist you with the administrative aspects related to your license suspension.

At the Law Office of Phillip Hayes our practice is exclusively focused on criminal law. Handling a wide range of DWI misdemeanors and felonies, we represent clients in Texas state courts throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and North Texas areas.

Contact a Skilled Dallas DWI/DUI Defense Lawyer Today

Known for tackling tough cases, attorney Phillip Hayes stands ready to protect your legal rights. Whether you need legal help to fight a DWI or other criminal allegation, he will work to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced and will personally handle your case from start to finish.

For additional information about Texas DWI or other alcohol-related charges, or to discuss your particular charges in confidence with an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer, please schedule a consultation by calling attorney Phillip Hayes at 214-774-0488.

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