Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a violation of law that occurs when a person is driving a vehicle while being under influence due to the consumption of alcohol, drugs (medical or non-medical) or narcotics. It is often hard to get out of a situation in which a person gets caught when driving while intoxicated which is why it is important for everyone to be aware of its consequences and know where to seek help to avoid serious penalties such as losing your license, payment of fines and in some cases imprisonment.

One can take certain actions to avoid getting a DWI conviction in Ellis County. The best way to avoid it is to not drive while intoxicated however, in case you are in that situation try to remain conscious of your driving behavior. Avoid switching lanes, using your cell phone and driving too fast as these are some of the behaviors that could help police officers distinguish between a regular driver and an intoxicated one.

In case you do get caught, cooperate with the police officers and answer their questions politely. If the officers asks you to perform any sobriety tests such as blowing into a breathalyzer, blood test or walking on a straight line, you should refuse and ask them to allow you to speak to an attorney. Refusal to perform sobriety tests can lead to a longer license suspension however it might help you in your trial as it would be more difficult for the prosecutor to provide proof of intoxication against you.

It is very important to know that when an individual refuses to give a sobriety test after arrest the police officer can immediately hold and suspend their license. After this, the individual has only 15 days to request their Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing, failure to do so might result in immediate suspension of the license.

These are the penalties one can face if arrested in Ellis County for driving while intoxicated:

Suspension of license

Fine

Imprisonment

First DWI

Up to 1 year

Up to $2,000

3 to 180 days

Second DWI

Up to 2 years

Up to $4,000

1 to 12 months

Third DWI

Up to 2 years

Up to $10,000

2 to 10 years

Intoxication Assault

Up to 1 year

Up to $10,000

2 to 10 years

Intoxication Manslaughter

Up to 2 years

Up to $10,000

2 to 20 years

Each DWI case is different from the other and so it can be best handled with the help of an experienced attorney. One should get in contact with an attorney as soon as possible after they are arrested for DWI.

The attorney can better guide you how to request for an ALR hearing and also how to defend and win the hearing to prevent license suspension and other penalties. During the hearing, the attorney can question the officer and claim that they didn’t have plausible reason to interrogate you or that there is not sufficient evidence to prove that you were driving with intoxication. An attorney would also represent you in a manner that is best suited to your specific case due to which your charges might end up being reduced or completely dismissed.