DWI Defense Attorney in El Paso
Aggressive Defense for Drunk Driving Charges in Hudspeth & Reeves Counties & Western Texas
Being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be a terrifying experience. You may be worried about the potential consequences, including jail time, fines, and losing your driving privileges. You may also be concerned about how a DWI conviction will impact your personal and professional life. At Setra Law Firm P.C., we understand what you are going through and are here to help.
Our El Paso DWI defense lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of drunk driving cases, from first-time offenses to felony DWI charges. We know the law, the local courts, and the judges and how to navigate the criminal justice system on your behalf effectively. Our team is prepared to fight for you and your future.
Call (915) 221-9115 or contact us online today to request a free initial consultation with one of our DWI defense attorneys in El Paso.
What Is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas?
In Texas, the terms “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) and “driving under the influence” (DUI) are used interchangeably. However, the state’s DWI laws are generally more severe than its DUI laws. This is because DWI refers to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, while DUI refers to driving with any detectable amount of alcohol in one’s system.
It is important to note that, in Texas, a person can be charged with DWI even if they are not “drunk” in the traditional sense. If a driver’s BAC is 0.08% or higher, they can be charged with DWI, regardless of whether they are actually impaired.
Additionally, a person can be charged with DWI if they are “impaired to the slightest degree” by alcohol or drugs. This means that, even if a driver’s BAC is below the legal limit, they can still be charged with DWI if they are impaired in any way.
For drivers under the age of 21, the legal limit is much lower. In Texas, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. This means that if a driver under the age of 21 has a BAC of 0.01% or higher, they can be charged with DUI/DWI.
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Can a DWI Be Dismissed?
Yes, a DWI can be dismissed. To secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove that you are guilty of DWI beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is insufficient evidence to meet this burden, the charges against you may be dismissed. Additionally, if the police violated your constitutional rights at any point during the investigation, any evidence obtained as a result of the violation may be inadmissible in court. This can significantly weaken the prosecution’s case and make it more likely that the charges against you will be dismissed.
Some common reasons why a DWI case may be dismissed include:
- The traffic stop was illegal
- The arrest was illegal
- The field sobriety tests were flawed
- The breathalyzer test was flawed
- The blood test was flawed
- The police violated your constitutional rights
- And more
If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas, it is important to consult with an experienced El Paso DWI defense attorney as soon as possible. At Setra Law Firm, we can review the specific circumstances of your case, determine if any of your rights were violated, and help you understand your legal options.