Texas is known for some of the strictest DWI laws in the country. In the state of Texas, you can be charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above 0.08% (or 0.04% for commercial drivers). Once you’ve tested above the legal limit, being convicted of a DWI can sometimes feel almost inevitable. The reality is that is still possible to get DWI charges dismissed or reduced. Even if the prosecution has substantial evidence against you, there are still options.
Ways in Which a DWI can be Dismissed
There are a wide range of ways a talented defense attorney is able to get DWI charges dismissed or reduced. Many of which the average person would never think to explore. For example, if the breathalyzer that the officer used to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) was not properly maintained according to a rigorous maintenance schedule, then the evidence it produces cannot be used against you. Likewise, if your rights were infringed in any way during the arrest process, then your case could be dismissed.
These are just a couple of examples of how a DWI defense attorney is able to go about defending someone charged with a DWI. In some cases it is possible to get the charges completely dismissed. Keep in mind that the burden of proof falls directly on the prosecution. That means if they are not able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty or they are unable to show that the arrest process was handled correctly then you cannot be convicted. This is one reason why working with an experienced attorney such as those attorneys at Townsend, Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC dramatically improves your chances of reducing the charges and penalties you face.
What Happens When a DWI is Dismissed?
Having a DWI dismissed is the best possible outcome for the accused. While this is not always possible, you may also be able to reduce the penalties you would otherwise face. In Texas, DWI penalties can be quite severe. These can include: fines, suspension of your drivers license, community service, possible jail time, DWI education / intervention programs, and higher monthly car insurance costs.
How to Get a DWI Dismissed
In order to have a real shot at getting your DWI charges dismissed or reduced, it is essential that you work with an experienced DWI defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for your rights. If you would like to learn more about how the talented attorneys at Gebhardt & Eppes, PLLC can help with your DWI, we invite you to contact us today.