Criminal Defence Attorney Jodi Soyars can help you defend your DWI case with personal expertise and knowledge of San Antonio and surrounding areas’ law process. Being arrested for a DWI can be extremely stressful. It can affect your reputation, your career and even the custody of your children. Texas is serious about prosecuting DWIs and there are numerous direct and collateral consequences if you are convicted of a DWI, which include mandatory jail time, surcharges, ignition interlocks, and driver license suspensions. The good news is DWIs can be BEAT! They can be beat on the FACTS, the LAW or the ODDS! By making the consequences of a DWI conviction so severe, the Texas Legislature has given many citizens no other choice but to set their case for trial and the majority of cases sitting on the jury trial docket in County Courts are DWIs. Texas does not have the resources to prosecute so many cases, which means that if you are persistent and patient, you could take advantage of Texas’ DWI case overload. So be smart about your situation and make sure you act quickly—the Best DWI Defense can be developed by taking advantage of the Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR).
The Soyars Law Firm is ready to help you immediately. Whatever your situation, time is of the essence! When you are arrested for a DWI and you refuse to provide a sample of your breath or blood, or you provide a sample that has a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, then you will receive a Notice of Driver’s License Suspension that advises you that you have the right to contest the suspension by requesting an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) within 15 days of receiving such notice. If you fail to request the ALR within 15 days, then you waive your right to the hearing. Exercising your right to an ALR is advantageous for two reasons (1) it can help keep your license from being suspended, and (2) help build your defense against the actual DWI charge itself. Generally speaking you are not permitted to question law officers prior to the criminal trial, but the ALR provides just such an opportunity—which helps lock down the officer’s testimony to prevent him or her later filling in the gaps after the criminal prosecutor informs them there are possible holes in the case and it helps us uncover additional weaknesses in the State’s case that we might not otherwise be aware of if we hadn’t been able to question the officer prior to the criminal trial itself. SO CALL US TODAY AND ENSURE THAT YOU ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR DEFENSE!
ALR hearings are held in completely separate courts from the underlying DWI charge. ALR hearings are held in an administrative court and they are basically little mini-trials that include requesting discovery, subpoenaing & questioning witnesses, and ordering transcripts. You are not required to appear at the ALR settings and we will make each of your appearances for you so that you do not need to miss work, school, or whatever else is going on in your life.
In Texas, DWIs are not eligible for Deferred Adjudication so any plea you take on a DWI offense will be a conviction, meaning it will be permanently on your criminal record and can never be eligible for Non-Disclosure or Expunction. To avoid this harsh outcome usually the only option available is to set your DWI case for Trial and FIGHT IT! BOTTOMLINE—SETTING YOUR DWI FOR TRIAL IS GENERALLY A LOGICAL AND NECESSARY DEFENSE STRATEGY!
The Texas Legislature has decided that there will be statutory minimum jail times now for most DWI cases, however, this does not always mean you will actually do jail time. The Courts distinguish between...
DWIs are extremely expensive. If you are convicted of a DWI, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in court costs, fines, program fees, surcharges, monthly supervisory fees, etc., not including legal fees.
Bexar County has enacted a county wide No Tolerance for DWI campaign. Last year Bexar County prosecuted almost 7,000 DWI related crimes. As part of their No Tolerance for DWI campaign they are obtaining warrantsto withdraw your blood if you refuse to provide a Breath Sample.
Bexar County offers an alternative plea agreement to DWI defendants if the DWI defendants agree to plea out at their very first settings to an Obstruction of Highway Through Intoxication. This program is known as the Take Responsibility Program (“TRP”).