A DWI/DUI can have longterm effects

Drunk driving charges can easily turn into a DWI/DUI conviction if you are not represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A conviction will affect all aspects of your life, including your ability to pursue certain careers.

Defending drunk driving charges

DWI in Texas is prosecuted heavily. You need someone on your side who knows the defenses against first-time and repeat DWI charges and knows how to develop a strategy that effectively counters the prosecution. Our DWI/DUI attorney handles a broad range of cases involving:

  • Aggravated DWI—Repeat DWI offenses or DWI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .15 or higher.
  • Repeat DWI/felony DWI—Multiple DWI convictions in Texas are considered a felony offense.
  • Breath test/blood test refusal—If you refuse a breath or blood test with DWI charges, you will automatically lose your license. Attorney Jeff Gilbert is experienced at handling DWI cases involving legal issues with breath and blood test refusal.

We also represent people with commercial driver's licenses (CDL) who have been charged with DWI/DUI. A conviction could mean losing your license and your ability to keep your job. These charges need an attorney's attention in a timely manner. We will begin working on building a strong defense on your behalf, and we'll work to make certain you do not risk getting your license suspended or revoked.

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Do not take your DWI/DUI lightly. It is critical you retain a lawyer in a timely manner to ensure your rights are protected. We will take an aggressive stance on your behalf.
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Aggravated DWI in Texas

Recent changes in Texas DWI laws have now made the consequences for drunk driving even more serious. You can now be charged with aggravated DWI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at .15 or higher. This can be considered a class A misdemeanor or even a more serious offense if other circumstances are involved.

A repeat offense could mean a felony on your record

Second, third, and further DWI offenses can be felony offenses. In Texas, felonies carry the harshest punishments — with the possibility of jail time and having a permanent mark on your record. If you are charged with DWI, the first thing to do is to contact a defense attorney.

Jeff Gilbert has been representing clients with DWI charges in Texas for more than 20 years. As an experienced criminal lawyer, he knows that the defenses for repeat DWI are more complex than for first-time offenders. Given the fact that repeat offenders have much more on the line, he is committed to taking an aggressive approach to defending his clients.

Understanding your rights in Texas

Refusing to take a blood test or a breath test can make your DWI/DUI case more complicated. When you are initially arrested under suspicion of DWI, you are given the option to take a blood or breath test. If you refuse, your license is suspended.

Even if your license is suspended, you do have the right to request a hearing in effort to get your license back. This is called the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing, and it must be requested within 15 business days of the arrest. Failure to request the hearing in this time means that you have waived your right to the hearing.

License suspension and your rights

If you are convicted of drunk driving in Texas, you may lose your license and face a whole host of other penalties. It is in your best interests to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible following your DUI arrest. There may be steps you can take to avoid a conviction and protect your driver's license.

We provide representation to clients throughout Brazoria County in Texas. To schedule a consultation with a license suspension lawyer, please contact our law office today.

Drunk Driving and License Suspension

Here are some reasons why you may lose your license in regard to Texas DUI law:

  • If you refuse to take a blood alcohol test or breathalyzer test, your license will be automatically suspended for 180 days.
  • If you are convicted of drunk driving for the first time, you may lose your license for up to one year.
  • If you are convicted of drunk driving for the second or third time, you may lose your license for up to two years.

License suspension is just one of the many penalties you face if convicted of DUI in Texas. Other penalties include fines, jail or prison time, and more. There are civil and criminal portions of a drunk driving case. Driver's licensing matters are civil and handled during an Administrative License Revocation proceeding, which must be scheduled within 15 days of the DUI arrest.

Attorney Jeff Gilbert can help you deal with the civil and criminal portions of your case and help you explore your options for getting your license back. You may be eligible for a restricted license, which would allow you to drive to and from work and for other essential purposes.