Protecting Your Rights When Charged With DWI/DUI
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) are serious offenses. The range of punishment for first-time offenders may include a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail. If a driver has a previous drunk driving conviction, the prosecutor can enhance the punishment range. It is not unusual for prosecutors to seek lengthy prison sentences for people who have two or more past convictions. With this much at stake, your choice of criminal defense lawyer is important.
Attorney Kate Bihm has extensive experience handling drunk driving cases. As a former Montgomery County prosecutor, she understands how the other side builds their case. To begin building your defense, call The Bihm Firm, PLLC, in Conroe at 936-647-2779 to schedule an initial consultation with Kate.
Defenses Are Available, No Matter The Circumstances
DWI cases often involve as much scientific evidence as serious crimes, such as murder or sexual assault. The law and science in DWI cases have developed in such a way that it has become easier for the prosecution to obtain convictions and easier for the Department of Public Safety to take your driver’s license.
We’ve all seen the billboards and commercials that say “Drink, drive, go to jail.” That is not the law. A good criminal defense lawyer understands the “science” that the government is going to use to try to prove that you are guilty of DWI. You can trust Kate to have the information that is needed to attack this type of evidence.
Do Not Delay Seeking Legal Help
Time is of the essence. As soon as you’re arrested for DWI, the clock starts ticking. You only have 15 days to request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing to attempt to save your driver’s license. The requirements of a request, subpoenaing witnesses, and requesting discovery for the hearing can be hypertechnical, and the government sometimes seems eager to use those technicalities to refuse hearings and take away drivers’ licenses.
Even though the government might ultimately suspend your license, the ALR hearing is one of the most valuable tools Kate has in developing your defense and possible preserving evidence that may lead to an acquittal in your criminal case. The ALR hearing gives Kate an opportunity to cross-examine the police officer who arrested you, on the record, before a prosecutor has helped him or her prepare his or her testimony. Don’t delay.
Hire An Attorney Who Will Work For You
When it comes to evaluating a DWI case, you need an attorney who has extensive experience in this area, and has the perspective to know the difference between a weak case and a strong one. You should also hire an attorney who you trust to evaluate your case based upon your goals and objectives.
Some people are determined to plead not guilty and have their day in court. Others desire a thorough investigation of the facts and evidence, and will use this information to make a decision based on the likelihood of success before a jury. The most important thing to remember is this — you should hire an attorney who will keep your interests in mind. Your decision should not be primarily driven by cost. What is most important is having legal counsel whom you feel comfortable with entrusting your future.