Corpus Christi DWI Defense Attorneys
Arrested in Nueces County or Nearby? We Can Help.
In the event of a DUI or DWI arrest, seeking legal counsel is highly advisable.
To begin, however, individuals should note that refusal to comply with
a breathalyzer request in the majority of states results in an automatic
license suspension period, which remains subject to further appeal should
a driver elect to do so.
However, in a criminal DWI case, the results of a breathalyzer test or
blood draw are frequently the linchpin of most criminal cases. However,
officer observations and witness observations can corroborate visible
intoxication or impairment despite lacking physical evidence from the
time of the accident.
Ultimately, in any refusal to comply with a breathalyzer case, significant
and highly nuanced state-specific case law will shape the contours of
any legal defenses crafted, which is why counsel with a DWI lawyer from
the outset of an arrest is highly advisable.
If you or your loved one was arrested for DUI or DWI in Texas, contact
Bandas Law Firm, P.C. online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 for a free
consultation with our Corpus Christi DWI defense attorneys.
A Brief Word on Court-Appointed Counsel & Private DWI Lawyers
While the financial impact of a DWI arrest can be astounding, the long-term
costs for individuals facing unfavorable plea bargain terms or convictions
are exponentially higher. Moreover, empirical evidence from the American
Bar Association supports the argument that defendants using private counsel
obtain more favorable outcomes than a comparable case defended by court-appointed
counsel. The disparity is stark when one considers that the ABA study
was conducted to determine the ethics of court-appointed counsel in light
of long-standing and known disparities in sentencing, convictions, and
plea agreements between the two forms of counsel, with questions of ethics
and poverty impeding rights to fair trial being challenged in cases of
court-appointed counsel defenses. Given that the following items are involved
in the typical worst-case scenario of a single DUI arrest, resorting to
the most effective means of defense is essential.
If convicted of a DWI or DUI, drivers can anticipate:
- Significant periods of license suspension, with a high possibility of the
sentence expanding beyond the minim requirements by law
- Grossly increased insurance premiums once a driver reinstates a license
and, in certain cases, protracted administrative law requests in cases
of defendants seeking a hardship license
- The loss of occupational, commercial, or chauffeur licenses, as well as
the potential loss of professional licenses entirely unrelated to operating
a motor vehicle
- Community monitoring or probation, in which the defendant lives in limbo
pending the resolution of a criminal trial while remaining unable to drive
- Exorbitant fines, fees, and court costs with convictions leading to thousands
of dollars more annually paid in SR-22 insurance profiles for first offender
DWI arrests alone
- Probable complications with future employment due to a criminal conviction
Certain states may refuse to look back past a certain number of years in
determining a second offense, however, in certain states such as Texas,
there is no look-back period in DWI convictions. As such, regardless of
the time length between a first and second DWI, a driver will still face
conviction on second offense DWI charges if arrested for a second time.
The Prevalence of DWI & Impaired Driving Nationally Is Astounding
With nearly 30% of Americans expected to be involved in an alcohol-related
car accident at some point during their lifetime, and with roadway fatalities
due to impairment occurring minutely on American roadways, states have
responded to the deluge of DWI and DUI related arrests with differing
approaches. In many instances for first offenders, avoiding incarceration
is possible, except for states that require mandatory periods of incarceration
post-arrest. This includes the state of Texas, which mandates three days
of minimum time served for even a first DWI offense. However, virtually
all states have sought to reduce the burden of DWI and DUI arrests by
way of offering alternative diversion programs emphasizing costly defensive
driving programs, probation monitoring, and substance abuse education.
Once completed, defendants may have the option to dismiss, seal, or expunge
Enhancements or Aggravated DWI Offenses
Each state carries a list of various enhancements (or criminally aggravating
circumstances) that might increase the criminal burden facing a defendant,
including those cases involving high blood alcohol content level, DWI
arrests involving an accident, and the presence of minors as passengers.
Additionally, in many states, DWI accident causing bodily injury is a
serious felony. For example, in the state of Texas, aggravated DWI cases
entail drivers whose BAC is found in excess of 0.12.
Contact the Corpus Christi DWI defense lawyers at Bandas Law Firm, P.C.
for a no-cost case evaluation; call (361) 238-2789 today.