DWI Defense Attorney in Austin, TX
DWI penalties in Texas can be quite stiff. If you are facing DWI charges, choosing a skilled DWI lawyer right away is crucial. Central Texas lawyer Jason Katims has the experience you need to get you the best possible outcome. Call us today at 512-900-9769 to schedule your initial consultation.
What Is DWI?
Driving while intoxicated is illegal across the country, but each state’s laws are unique. In Texas, you may be determined to be “intoxicated” in two different scenarios:
- BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 percent or higher
- Impaired mental or physical faculties after consuming alcohol or drugs, even with a BAC below the legal limit
Texas sets out a system of escalating penalties for DWIs, although the sentencing guidelines allow judges a fair amount of freedom in sentencing. In general, the first DWI is a Class B misdemeanor with a jail sentence of up to 180 days, a fine of up to $2,000, and a license suspension of up to a year. By your third DWI, you may face felony charges and up to 10 years in prison.
Open containers, having a child in the car, a BAC of .15 or higher, or causing an injury or fatality can significantly increase the penalties. Refusing chemical testing for alcohol or drugs carries automatic license suspension of 90 days to two years, although you may request an administrative hearing.
How We Can Help
DWI is a serious matter, and those who are found guilty can face consequences. However, a skilled DWI attorney can help you explore the possibility of an intervention program to avoid, a reduction in charges, or to avoid the most serious penalties. For example, in cases where jail time is unavoidable, some people may be eligible for SWAP – the Sheriff’s Weekend Alternative Program – to discharge their sentence on the weekends so they don’t miss work.
We know how to navigate the court system, communicate with the prosecutor, negotiate a plea deal, and recommend reasonable sentencing in the event that you are found guilty. In some cases, we may even be able to have the charges dropped or reduced.
About Jason Katims, Attorney at Law
Born and raised in Texas, Jason Katims is committed to personal freedom.
In 2018, he was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Law, and by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Texas.