Answers To Common Questions About DWI Charges
Listening closely to clients’ questions and answering them in a personal way is a key part of the DWI defense practice at Nii Amaa Ollennu Law Firm, PLLC. We are always ready to hear from you and address your concerns such as the following:
What is the first thing I should do after a DWI arrest?
There is no time to waste if you hope to preserve your driving privileges while your case is pending. Call me, attorney Nii Amaa Ollennu, for help scheduling a required administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing within 15 days.
Is there a difference between DUI and DWI charges?
DWI (driving while intoxicated) is the legal term for most drunk driving cases in Texas. However, drivers age 21 will be charged with DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) and may face a two-year driver’s license suspension if their bodies contain any alcohol at all because of Texas’ zero tolerance policy – even if they are not intoxicated.
What are the legal blood alcohol limits for different types of drivers?
The legal limits for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Texas are .08 for ordinary noncommercial drivers, .04 for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders and zero for drivers under age 21. A blood alcohol level of more than .15 will result in more serious criminal charges.
Is it illegal to refuse a breath test or field sobriety test?
No, it is not illegal, but doing so can have serious repercussions. Even with a first-time refusal, your driver’s license may be suspended for up to 180 days.
Is a DWI charge eligible for probation?
Yes. The requirements for probation are detailed, and if you fail to meet those requirements, you could be sent to jail. For example, you may be required to do community service and install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle.
Are there benefits to pleading no contest to DWI?
For the sake of your court case, there may be no benefit because the court will likely treat it the same as a guilty plea. However, if you may be targeted in a civil litigation case related to your alleged drunk driving, your no-contest plea could be an important part of your defense in the civil case.