Houston DWI Attorney
Skilled Defense for DWI Charges in Harris County
A DWI (driving while intoxicated) or BWI (boating while intoxicated) arrest is a stressful experience with consequences that could reach far into the future. Whether you were wrongfully arrested or need help dealing with the aftermath of a bad decision, you need to take decisive action in order to protect your:
- Driving privileges
The first thing to do is avoid common DWI mistakes. Next, you should retain an experienced attorney who can potentially save you from prison time and a criminal record. If you are facing drunk driving charges in or around Harris County, now is the time to involve a lawyer at our firm.
At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we assist clients in Houston and across Texas with defense of DWI (also referred to as DUI) charges. In addition to defending clients during their criminal proceedings, we also help them protect their driver's licenses by providing aggressive representation during administrative hearings with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Working with an Experienced DWI Attorney
Jed Silverman is a certified breath test operator and field sobriety test conductor, and a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He knows that the police must adhere to strict guidelines to properly execute an arrest. He knows when the police do and do not have the right to compel you with a warrant to give a blood sample. He has a long track record of success in challenging police procedure and winning a total dismissal of charges for people like you: private citizens or those who drive for a living using a commercial driver's license (CDL).
Texas DWI Penalties
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you face harsh penalties – even for a first offense. Potential penalties include:
- Steep fines
- Loss of your driver's license
- $3,000 driver's license reinstatement fee
- Jail time
Your insurance rates may also rise dramatically, and a conviction could hamper your employment prospects for the rest of your life.
Drunk Driving Arrests and Your Driver’s License
One of the harshest consequences of a DWI conviction is the loss of your driver's license. For most people, being able to drive is necessary to enjoy life. For some, it is integral to making a living. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Houston or throughout the state, it is important to act quickly. You have only 15 days to schedule an administrative hearing before the Texas State Department of Public Safety to save your driver's license. Enlist the help of an experienced DWI defense attorney to preserve your driving rights.
At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we provide knowledgeable defense representation for people who have been arrested on drunk driving charges in Houston, Harris County, and beyond. If you have been arrested for a DWI offense and failed the breath test or field sobriety test, you stand to lose your license for 180 days. You have the right to request a license suspension hearing, however, to save your license and preserve your right to drive. At this hearing, the police must demonstrate:
- There was reasonable suspicion to pull you over
- There was probable cause to place you under arrest for DWI
- You either refused to take the breath test or scored a .08 or above
- You failed any field sobriety tests administered at the scene
Our attorneys and support staff are adept at guiding clients through license suspension hearings. If your first court hearing does not turn out favorably, you have the right to an appeal. We have successfully handled many of these cases, some going all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. We will do everything we possibly can to help you keep your driver's license.
Our Houston DWI Lawyers Are Here to Help
Our lawyers are adept at standing up for our clients' rights, winning dismissals of DWI charges, reduced charges and acquittals. We may be able to help you deflect criminal and civil penalties arising from:
- First-offense or repeat DWI
- Underage DWI or DWI involving children
- Intoxication assault or manslaughter
- Drug-related DWI
- Commercial driver DWI
If you have been arrested on charges of drunk driving, we are prepared to stand up for your rights. Contact us today at (713) 597-2221 to speak with a Houston DWI lawyer about your rights and options. Consultations are FREE and confidential.