DWI Charged With DWI? Protect Your License Before Time Runs Out

San Antonio DWI Lawyers

Rigorous Legal Service for Those Accused of DWI

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we have made DWI defense a major concentration of our practice. A DWI conviction can have serious consequences for your reputation, your freedom, your mobility, and your finances. These consequences can include jail time, hefty fines, license suspension, increased car insurance premiums, and more. If you are hoping to avoid these penalties, you should seriously consider the quality of legal representation you hire. You will want to place a proven attorney in your corner as soon as possible.

Our San Antonio DWI attorneys are dedicated to protecting your legal rights, your freedom, and your driving privileges. We have a strong track record in representing individuals throughout the greater San Antonio area. That track record rests on the total commitment and high standards of our legal team. In addition, we have deep insight into both sides of legal proceedings due to the presence of a former prosecutor on our team. This is an advantage other firms lack and that knowledge can greatly increase the benefits you will have when you place your trust in us.

Take advantage of the unique benefits of legal representation at Smith & Vinson Law Firm by contacting us at (210) 960-9557 today.

  • Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault Strangulation/Impeding Airway Investigation
  • Felony Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Interference with a 911 Call
  • Cases Dismissed Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Misdemeanor Assault with Bodily Injury

    Navigating the Texas DWI Process

    Understanding what happens with a DWI in Texas is crucial for anyone facing such charges. The process begins immediately after an arrest, initiating a series of legal steps that can seem daunting without proper guidance. From the moment you are charged, the clock starts ticking on your ability to respond, especially regarding your driving privileges, which can be suspended automatically 15 days after your arrest if no action is taken.

    How an Attorney Can Assist You

    After getting a Texas DWI, securing an experienced attorney should be your next move. A knowledgeable DWI lawyer can significantly influence the outcome of your case by:

    • Challenging the Arrest: Your attorney can question the legality of the stop, challenge the results of breathalyzer or field sobriety tests, and argue against any procedural mistakes made during your arrest.
    • Representation at ALR Hearings: An administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing is a separate process from your DWI case, focusing on your driving privileges. Your lawyer can represent you, arguing to maintain or reinstate your license.
    • Negotiating with Prosecutors: If there's room for negotiation, a skilled DWI attorney can work to reduce charges, minimize penalties, or sometimes even get the case dismissed based on weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence.
    • Trial Preparation and Representation: In the event your case goes to trial, having a lawyer who is well-versed in DWI cases and familiar with the local court system is invaluable. They will prepare a defense strategy, gather evidence in your favor, and advocate on your behalf in court.

    Navigating the complexities of a DWI in Texas is challenging, but with the right legal support, you can ensure that your rights are protected and work towards the most favorable outcome possible.

    Common Mistakes After a DWI Charge in San Antonio

    When facing DWI charges, individuals often make mistakes that can adversely affect the outcome of their case. Recognizing and avoiding these pitfalls is crucial. Here are some of the most common errors:

    • Attempting to Handle the Case Alone: Many people underestimate the complexity of DWI laws and attempt to represent themselves, usually to their detriment.
    • Not Taking the Charges Seriously: A DWI is not a simple traffic violation; it's a criminal charge that can have long-lasting repercussions.
    • Delay in Seeking Legal Representation: Time is of the essence in DWI cases, especially with the limited window for contesting a license suspension.
    • Discussing the Case on Social Media: Anything you say publicly can be used against you in your case.
    • Refusing to Comply with Testing: While refusal can seem like a way to avoid incriminating evidence, it can lead to automatic license suspension and be used against you in court.
    • Believing the Case is Unwinnable: Many people give up hope without understanding the potential defenses available to them.

    A DWI lawyer plays a pivotal role in navigating these complexities and avoiding common mistakes. With their in-depth knowledge of DWI laws and the local legal system, an attorney can provide crucial guidance from the moment of arrest. They can ensure you understand the gravity of the situation while preventing you from inadvertently harming your case. By acting swiftly to secure legal representation, you can take a proactive stance in protecting your rights, challenging the charges, and possibly mitigating the consequences. A DWI lawyer will also manage all communications on your behalf, safeguarding against self-incrimination and strategizing a defense that highlights any procedural errors or weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

    Our Clients Are Our Biggest Endorsers

    Hear What They Have to Say
    • Throughout the whole process, I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened.
      - Ronald D.

      Strong Legal Defense at Smith & Vinson Law Firm

      In cases of suspected DWI, local police only need “probable cause” to pull you over and make an arrest. The prosecutor in the case, however, must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in court to get a conviction. Our San Antonio DWI attorneys will thoroughly investigate all the circumstances of your arrest. We will use our considerable legal skills and knowledge to challenge evidence and testimony to protect your interests.

      These challenges may include:

      With a former prosecutor on our team and a deep understanding of all of the technical aspects related to DWI, your case will be in good hands.

      What Makes Us Better

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      • Passionate About Helping People Get What They Deserve
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      • Honest & Straightforward Legal Guidance
      • Highly Communicative & Responsive
      • Case Highly Personalized Representation
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      Act Quickly After a DWI Arrest

      It is important to remember that you only have 15 days following a DWI arrest to request an administrative hearing to save your driver’s license from an automatic suspension. A failure to make this request within the time limit will result in your forfeiture of such a hearing.

      Contact our firm to arrange for a free consultation with a San Antonio DWI lawyer at (210) 960-9557 as soon as possible.

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