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Yes, a DUI Is Worth Fighting

Walker Law Office June 22, 2022

Driving Under the Influence ConceptEveryone makes mistakes, and making the mistake of driving under the influence can have a massive impact on your life. If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with DUI, they are probably feeling embarrassed, worried, and wondering about what happens next and how to look to a brighter future. 

Along with the uncertainty of facing criminal charges, many people buy into the myth that a DUI charge isn’t worth fighting. They believe that if they have failed a field sobriety test or if the evidence seems to be stacked against them, there is no reason to contest the charge. 

What is true is that many factors make a DUI charge worth fighting. Here are a few reasons to consider:

  1. A DUI Conviction Is Expensive — Taking on the criminal justice system alone or accepting a plea deal to avoid attorney fees will cost you much more money in the long run. 

  2. Errors Are Possible — While most people understand their basic Miranda Rights, the average person facing charges does not understand how and where to identify potential errors that could significantly alter the course of their case. 

  3. Defenses Are Available — Texas prosecutors take DUI crimes seriously, and even a first-time conviction will have long-term consequences. 

  4. A DUI Attorney Can Make the Difference - An experienced DUI attorney knows the ins and outs of the legal system and has one major goal: defending you against your charges. 

While they may feel their fate has already been determined, every case is unique, and no situation is hopeless. Take the first step to fight your DUI charge and contact Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker to start preparing a defense and protecting your freedom. The firm serves clients in Houston and throughout Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Brazoria counties, Texas.

Possible Penalties For a DUI In Texas

Texas laws prohibit all motorists from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more or while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. A person is considered “intoxicated” if they “lack the normal use of metal or physical faculties” as a result of consuming alcohol, drugs, or any other substance. 

In general, Texas enacts three main categories of DUI offenses: 1st Offense, 2nd Offense, and 3rd Offense. 

1st Offense

  • 72 hours to six months in jail

  • Fines up to $2,000

  • License suspension of 90 days to 12 months

  • Possible Ignition Interlock Device

2nd Offense

  • 30 days to 12 months in jail

  • Fines up to $4,000

  • License suspension of 180 days to two years

  • 1-year Ignition Interlock Device

3rd Offense 

  • Two to ten years in jail

  • Fines up to $10,000

  • License suspension of 180 days to two years

  • 1-year Ignition Interlock Device

Other Penalties 

In addition to state penalties, other possible consequences can stem from a DUI arrest and conviction. These include:

  • Difficulty establishing or obtaining credit

  • Loss of employment/career, or it may be harder to get a job

  • High insurance premiums, safeguards, and fees

  • Relational abandonment and/or strain.

Also, state DUI laws are constantly changing, and depending on the circumstances surrounding a DUI arrest, additional penalties may be imposed. 

Possible Defense Strategies

Everyone’s situation is unique, and the best attorneys understand the importance of personalizing each case and identifying the best strategy to reduce or dismiss charges. That being said, many possible defenses challenge and dispute a DUI charge. Some possible defenses include:

  • Unlawful stop by police 

  • Improper field sobriety or chemical testing

  • Unlawful interrogation or Miranda Rights violation

  • Violation of search and seizure

Remember, initiating any defense strategy should involve the expertise of a knowledgeable DUI attorney. At the Walker Law Office, we will protect your rights and offer the best defense for any DUI charge.

A DUI Is Worth Fighting For

If you are facing a DUI conviction, never assume the evidence is indisputable. DUI cases are rarely open and shut, plus there are many factors to be considered. From faulty equipment, mistakes by law enforcement, or even a logical explanation, fighting a DUI charge gives you the best chance to protect your freedom and return to your normal quality of life as quickly as possible.

Defending Your Rights and Future

The Walker Law Office understands that everyone deserves a second chance. Let Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker take on your legal concerns and ease your worries. She provides a tailor-made experience for every client and has a track record of proven results. 

If someone you know or love has been arrested or charged with a DUI, they must contact Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker immediately. Call or connect online today. 

The Walker Law Office serves clients in Houston, Texas, and the counties of Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Brazo.