Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a DWI?
A: DWI in Texas stands for Driving While Intoxicated. A DWI is not simply driving after drinking, but driving while being intoxicated. This is different than a Texas DUI, which is a drinking and driving charge for underage drivers.
Q: What Does "Intoxicated" Mean Specifically in a DWI?
A: It can mean two things:
- Having an alcohol concentration at, or above, 0.08 grams; or
- Consuming any combination of alcohol or drugs to the point that you have lost normal use of mental or physical faculties
Q: How quickly do I need to act in order to effectively contest a DWI?
A: If you have been served with an administrative license suspension, you have 15 days to request a hearing
to contest the suspension. You should seek legal council as quickly as possible because physical evidence and
witness statements need to be obtained before they are compromised. An attorney can also help dispute your
Q: How do I choose an attorney?
A: Many attorneys have adequate skills to represent you or will be forthright in telling you to seek other
counsel if they can’t handle it. Most lawyers have types of law that they specialize in. With a DWI, you need
an experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in DWI defense.
Q: If I think I'm guilty of a DWI, do I still need an attorney?
A: Yes, most definitely. Your attorney is the only person who will have your interests in mind. A DWI lawyer
has the training and motivation to navigate through the legal system, resulting in minimized consequences for
Q: Are the state's methods of measuring alcohol concentration accurate?
A: In short, no. There are pro’s and con’s to each method. Blood tests are believed to be the most accurate
while urine tests are the least reliable. Breath testing lies somewhere in between blood and urine. Any of these
tests are subject to many errors such as instrument malfunction, failure to follow proper testing procedures,
and sample contamination. Blood and urine samples can be preserved for independent testing while a breath
samples are not preserved.
Q: What are the possible consequences of a DWI conviction?
A: Penalties increase with the number of total convictions. Below are some examples:
- Incarceration from 72 hours
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Community service
- Drug & Alcohol counseling
- A permanent criminal record
Contact Houston DWI Attorney Billy Skinner Today
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DWI related offense in Houston, it’s important that you speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. Whether you call our office first or call our office last, just give us a call. We won’t try to sell you anything or scare you into hiring our firm. Just a free, straightforward review of your case.
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