If you want to keep your driving privileges after a DWI arrest, it is required under Texas law that you request an ALR hearing within fifteen (15) days of your arrest. Failure to do so will result in your driver's license being AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED.
The DWI laws in Texas can be complicated and combine elements of criminal, civil and governmental law. Without a lawyer, you are merely relying on the integrity of your opponent, the State of Texas. Without properly knowing the rules that govern the entire DWI process, you may prevent yourself from even presenting a meaningful defense.
To achieve the best results on your case, you should choose a qualified, experienced DWI lawyer for the best possible outcome.
Choosing a lawyer based solely on cost
Your primary opponent in your DWI case is the State of Texas, which has almost unlimited resources (police, investigators, lawyers) to prosecute. You should expect to pay a fair and reasonable fee based on the time, effort, experience, and reputation of the lawyer. Simply choosing the lowest price may ensure the least amount of effort toward your case.
Not taking the DWI charges seriously
A DWI charge in the State of Texas is very serious. A conviction can result in large fines, jail time, and the loss of your driving privileges. It can also have numerous other hidden costs such as raised insurance rates and the denial of job opportunities. A DWI conviction stays on your record FOREVER and can not be removed for any reason.
Failing to appear at Court
When you posted your bond and were released from jail, you promised to appear at every subsequent court date. Failure to appear at any court date can result in your bond being forfeited and a warrant being issued for your arrest. In addition, the Judge may even decide to hold you in jail until your trial date.