Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Offenses

Experienced Drunk Driving Defense Attorney in Houston

If you have been arrested in Houston, Texas, for DWI/DUI, then you need a good criminal defense lawyer who cares as much about the best possible outcome to your case as you do, and one who will fight to protect your rights. I am Houston DWI/DUI attorney Mark A. Morasch, and I have more than 20+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. Anyone can make a mistake. I do not believe that your future should be lost because of a single error in judgment. Contact me to learn how I can help.

Understanding DWI/DUI Consequences in Texas

If you have been arrested for DWI/DUI in Texas, there are several things that you need to know about the consequences:

  • A Deferred Adjudication is not available for individuals charged with DWI.
  • A Petition for Non-Disclosure is available in very limited number of cases.
  • A DWI conviction cannot be expunged.
  • There is no early release from DWI probation.
  • An individual's driver's license can be suspended for at least 90 days and in some cases, up to two years.
  • In Harris County, there is a pretrial diversion program commonly referred to as DIVERT, which is available only if you pass the very restrictive screening process, then after a year of probation your case is dismissed and you have no conviction for DWI, and your driver's license will not be suspended because there was no conviction, and you can eventually expunge the case from your record.

To be convicted of DWI in Texas, the state must prove that you were operating a motor vehicle in a public place, and that at the time of operation you had an alcohol concentration of .08 or more; or that you did not possess the normal use of your mental or physical faculties because of alcohol or drugs.

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Texas Penal Code Section 49.04. DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. (a) A person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c) and Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 72 hours. (c) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that at the time of the offense the person operating the motor vehicle had an open container of alcohol in the person's immediate possession, the offense is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of six days. (d) If is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that an analyis of a specimen of the person's blood, breath, or urine showed an alcohol concentration level of 0.15 or more at the time the analysis was performed, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

Texas Penal Code Section 49.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter: (1) "Alcohol concentration" means the number of grams of alcohol per: (A) 210 liters of breath; (B) 100 milliliters of blood; or (C) 67 milliliters of urine. (2) "Intoxicated" means: (A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or (B) having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.

To learn about your legal options following a drunk driving arrest, call 713-got-aDWI (713-468-2394) or contact my law firm online for a response the next business day. I offer payment plans and accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express.

If you have been arrested for DWI second offense in Texas, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. This is considered a Class "A" Misdemeanor, which is punishable by not less than 30 days and up to one year in the County Jail and/or up to $4,000 in fines, or probation for as long as two years and which would also include mandatory jail time and driver's license suspension for as long as two years.

There is no limit on how long ago your prior DWI conviction occurred, the state of Texas can use any prior DWI conviction to enhance your current DWI charge.

Contact a Houston DWI 2nd offense lawyer from Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law to schedule a free initial consultation.

Helping You Seek the Best Possible Results

The stakes are high for anyone charged with a second or subsequent DWI/DUI. With so much on the line — including large fines, prison time, and license suspension — it is important to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the full scope of legal options available, which may keep you out of jail, keep your driver's license from being suspended, and even prevent you from being convicted.

Thorough preparation can help in pursuing results such as these. As a criminal defense lawyer with more than 15 years of experience, I have handled numerous cases like your own. I am committed to defending people who are interested in seeking the best possible results after a single error in judgment. I will be there with you at all times and see your case through to its conclusion.

Texas Penal Code Section 49.09. ENHANCED OFFENSES AND PENALTIES. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), an offense under Section 49.04, 49.05, 49.06, or 49.065 is a Class A misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 30 days, if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the person has previously been convicted one time of an offense relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, an offense of operating an aircraft while intoxicated, an offense of operating a watercraft while intoxicated, or an offense of operating or assembling an amusement ride while intoxicated.

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