Why Georgetown, Texas Residents Should Hire A Lawyer For Their DWI Case
This is the next post in our series on the handling of DWI cases in Williamson County, Texas. Our last post discussed the penalties one faces for driving while intoxicated. Contrary to what many think, a DWI is not a “minor issue” and the punishment can be severe. In this post we will be discussing why one should hire a lawyer when arrested for DWI.
Many Williamson County defendants err in thinking an attorney cannot assist with their DWI case
It is a common mistake for the accused to believe that there is little that can be done in a DWI case. This belief stems from a common perception of “I was caught, there’s nothing I can do.” The truth of the matter, however, is that there are many ways to deal with such a charge and an attorney can help you better understand your options. For example, search and seizure issues can impact a DWI case. There may also be other options for defending a charge of driving while intoxicated. If you have been arrested then we strongly suggest that you seek counsel immediately.
A criminal defense lawyer should use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how one was stopped and what happened afterwards. Once retained, your counsel will obtain the arrest reports, DWI test results, and any other relevant evidence. This evidence will be analyzed to determine if law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights when they stopped your vehicle and subjected you to DWI testing. The evidence will also be examined to determine if one’s Fifth Amendment rights were violated when they were questioned by the police. These are the types of issues that a layperson will often not recognize when facing a DWI charge after having not spoken with a lawyer. To understand if your case is defensible, it is suggested that you consult with counsel as soon as possible. Our Georgetown lawyers also service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir.
Retaining counsel can assist Georgetown residents in dealing with Williamson County DWI prosecutors
Most DWI cases end as a result of plea negotiations. Having an attorney can aid in getting a better plea deal from prosecutors, If, for example, there are search and seizure issues in your case then your representative can raise these issues with Williamson County prosecutors. This, in turn, can result in a better plea offer. Examples of a better offer can be the prosecution agreeing to recommend a minimum probation or a minimum sentence. Another possibility can be reduced charges; the prosecution, for example, may agree to treat a second DWI offense as if it were a first offense. This can result in less, if any, time incarcerated as well as smaller fines.
If you have been charged with DWI then do not make the mistake of thinking that it is “not worth it” to consult with an attorney. Call our office today.