Common DWI Mistakes
Houston DWI Attorneys Serving Harris County, TX
At the Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we answer questions every day from people who have been charged with DWI or who think they may be charged soon. It is understandable that you may have questions about what you should do and what you shouldn't do. The police certainly aren't going to tell you, and the laws are often confusing and complex.
It makes sense that people call us first. After all, attorney Jed Silverman has earned a reputation as one of the Houston area's most prominent DWI defense attorneys. He has more than 20 years of experience and has handled more than 3,000 criminal cases. No matter where you are in the legal process, he and our team may be able to help. For example, there are some common mistakes we want to help you avoid. They include:
- Voluntarily submitting to a breath test or blood test: The police want you to believe that things will go easier if you volunteer to give them the evidence they are looking for. Remember, in most cases, breath or blood test results are the only evidence they have to mount their case against you.
- Panicking: Even if you took the test and the results showed an illegal blood alcohol concentration of .08% or above, it doesn't mean the evidence will be admissible in court. There are many reasons the breath test or blood test may be invalid. Remember, a plea arrangement with the prosecutor is the same as a conviction on your record. Don't give up. We never do.
- Not having your attorney present at your Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing: Losing your driver's license is one of the potential repercussions of a DWI arrest. It is also the opening shot in the battle to defend yourself against the charges. When we take on a Harris County DWI case, we work to prepare a strong case for your right to continue driving. Oftentimes, winning the ALR part of the case means winning the criminal part of the case as well.
- Hiring an inexperienced lawyer: Too many lawyers claim they can competently handle DWI cases. The truth is, DWI cases are complicated and require an in-depth understanding of the court system and process. A solid defense means knowing what strategies will work with the prosecutor and judge involved in your case. Jed Silverman has devoted his entire career to DWI and criminal defense in courts throughout Texas and is truly qualified in these matters.
- Not getting your lawyer the right information: Hiring a defense lawyer means you will be developing a strong, trusting relationship. When your lawyer needs personal information and records, respond quickly and accurately. If you're not willing to work with your attorney, you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage.
- Not telling your lawyer about medical issues: At times, the side effects of legal medications can be confused with intoxication. If you are on any kind of medication or suffer from any kind of medical condition, tell your attorney. We may be able to cast reasonable doubt on whether you were driving while intoxicated.
We at the Law Offices of Jed Silverman are ready to start fighting to protect your future. The right legal counsel can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Don't give up, no matter how hard the police and prosecutor are pressuring you. You have the law on your side and your rights are worth fighting for. Our team represents people charged with all types of DWI offenses in Houston, Harris County, and across Texas. Contact us at (713) 597-2221 for a confidential consultation.