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DUI Charge Attorneys

DUI or DWI convictions can cause devastating consequences. Drivers face large fines, loss of driving privileges, or even jail time. The defense attorneys at The Jimenez Law Firm, P.C., understand the severity of a conviction and will explore every legal avenue to craft an effective DWI defense unique to your situation. We will work to have your DWI charges minimized as much as possible, but if trial litigation is necessary, you’ll be represented by an experienced and aggressive defense team.

Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas

Many states use the terms DWI and DUI interchangeably. In Texas, however, there is a distinction to be made between the two.

  1. DWI: Driving while intoxicated, more commonly referred to as DWI, is gauged by measuring a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). IF the driver’s BAC is .08 or higher, they are considered intoxicated. If the driver refuses to breathe into a breathalyzer, that person faces a mandatory revocation of their driver’s license for one year.
  2. DUI: DUI or driving under the influence is different from DWI. DUI does not require intoxication as DWI does, but rather, it refers to any detectable amount of alcohol.

Which is Worse: DUI or DWI?

Under Texas law, a DWI is considered to be a more serious crime. DUIs are typically charged to minors under the Texas Traffic Code because minors are not legally allowed to consume any amount of alcohol. Therefore, if a minor has any blood alcohol reading, regardless of how small, they can be charged with a DUI because of their age and consumption of alcohol.

Alternatively, DWIs are charged under the Texas Penal Code, which is more serious. And, while you shouldn’t take either DWI or DUI charges lightly, DWIs can result in heavy fines and time in jail or prison.

It’s also important to remember that the Texas statutory definition of intoxication also includes the loss of mental or physical faculties due to alcohol consumption or the use of a controlled substance, drugs, or a combination. The law also applies to the operation of a motor vehicle in a public place including watercrafts.

OUI and OWI

Some states use other acronyms for the same crimes. You may also hear about OUI or Operating Under the Influence or OWI for Operating While Intoxicated.

DWI/DUI Arrest Lawyers

In many situations, a first offense can be handled relatively quickly. There are still consequences, but it might be possible to get an occupational license or enroll in a DWI education course depending on your county and circumstances. It is important to contact a DWI defense attorney who can properly defend you. Whether that defense hinges on the legality of the initial stop or the validity of the breathalyzer results, we will build the strongest defense possible in your situation.

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If you or a loved one is facing DUI or DWI charges, then you’ll want to hire a great DUI or DWI, defense lawyer. A Texas DWI lawyer will understand the ins and outs of any state or local laws and help ensure that your rights are protected. A skilled DWI attorney may also be able to help lessen criminal charges and ensure the police acted in accordance with the law. Here at the Jimenez Law Firm, we have your best interests at heart.

If you have questions regarding DUI or DWI defense, contact The Jimenez Law Firm, P.C., by calling or by completing the contact form on this website. We offer consultations and accept most major credit cards for the payment of services. Our legal team looks forward to speaking with you regarding your case.

     

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