Houston DWI Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI/DUI, you will need aggressive and experienced representation to secure your rights. You need someone who is willing to fight for the best possible outcome. Contact Rick today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Houston Criminal Defense Attorney.
Among many other potential consequences a DWI 1st offense can result in:
- Minimum jail Sentence of 3-180 days
- Fines Up to $2000
- License Suspension of 90-365 days
- Surcharge Payments to DPS for 3 years
- Increased Insurance Premiums
You need a lawyer who knows what he is doing. You need a lawyer who has defended countless DWI cases. You need a lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law. You need Rick Oliver Attorney at Law.
HOUSTON LAWYER FOR DWI
Texas boasts the highest incidence of alcohol-related fatalities in the Country. No other misdemeanor offense is as publicized or politicized in terms of its danger to public safety in the state of Texas. As a result, many motorists who may not be legally intoxicated are nevertheless arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. But, billboard signs along the highway warning motorists that if they drink and they drive they will go to jail are not in fact the law. Despite its hubris the state is actually required to prove a motorist is drinking and driving WHILE intoxicated. Because of the scientific and forensic testing often utilized in the prosecution of these offenses, DWI defense is generally considered to be the most complex of the misdemeanor offenses to defend.
DWI is not limited to those who are drinking and driving while intoxicated. In Texas, the legal deifnition for “Intoxicated” means “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.”
In other words, the sleepy and sleep-deprived motorists who admit to taking certain prescription drugs can also be prosecuted for DWI. Additionally, any combination of alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs that causes a person to appear to have lost the normal use of mental or physical faculties can lead to a prosecution for DWI.
There is no such thing as a “Weekend Warrior” who practices DWI defense. An attorney either commits the time and effort required to master DWI defense, or they do not. Rick Oliver has committed vast resources in the pursuit of DWI defense knowledge and training and has the professional competence necessary to successfully defend against the state’s attempt to secure a conviction.
A conviction for misdemeanor DWI can be a tough life-lesson. A conviction for felony DWI can be life-altering. It is impossible to be charged with a felony DWI without the existence of certain additional factors. The most common type of felony DWI occurs when a citizen is accused of his or her third (or more) offense.
The first thing to remember about a felony DWI is that the state must still prove the underlying DWI. The fact that an offense is charged as a felony does not change the character of the offense itself. Mostly, what is different about a felony DWI is the exposure to the client.
The penalties associated with a 3rd degree felony DWI could include:
- Up to a $10,000 maximum fine
- Two to Ten years in Prison
- Suspended Drivers license for up to two years
- $2000 every year for three years to keep your drivers license
Clearly, the exposure to the client in terms of the potential that you might be sent to prison is greater. However, that does not mean you should simply throw yourself upon the mercy of the court and ask for anything short of a prison sentence.
The Law Office of Rick Oliver Houston will thoroughly investigate the facts of the case to determine whether the state can prove the accusation.
Rick Oliver Law Firm
Rick was licensed to practice law in the state of Texas in 2007 and began his solo practice on June 1, 2008. Rick did not come from a family of wealth or of lawyers. When he started, he did not know a single attorney–let alone a criminal defense attorney–in the City of Houston. He built the foundation of a successful practice with little more than a code book and a can-do attitude.
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