Can I Get My Texas DWI Reduced to a Lesser Charge?
Penalties for a DWI conviction in Texas can have a negative impact on the rest of your life. A first-time offense carries a jail term no longer than six months, a fine of up to $2,000, and driver’s license suspension for up to one year. In addition, having a DUI conviction on your criminal record can make it difficult to obtain employment, apply for colleges, find housing, and take advantage of other opportunities available for ordinary citizens.
However, it may be possible to get a DWI charge reduced to a lesser crime through a plea bargain. Essentially, if the prosecutor’s case against you is weak, your chances of reducing your DWI charge are better with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The following are several factors prosecutors will consider in order to make or accept a plea deal:
- It is your first DWI offense
- Your BAC test results are at or just below the legal limit (.08)
- You are cooperative with police officers at the scene
- The crime didn’t involve an accident, injury, or death
The most common alternatives to a DWI charge in Texas are reckless driving, obstruction of a passageway, and public intoxication. A reckless driving conviction carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days and a maximum fine of $200. Although obstructing a passageway is punishable by the same penalties as DWI, you can still be eligible for deferred adjudication which can result in lesser penalties. A public intoxication conviction results in a fine of up to $500.
At The Clark Law Firm, we can evaluate your case, determine if any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case exist, and build a strong defense strategy to get your case dismissed altogether or reduce your sentence. As a former prosecutor, our Fort Worth criminal defense attorney understands how the prosecution will handle your case and provide you with valuable insight to counteract the prosecutor’s case. Whether you are facing a felony or a misdemeanor DWI offense we can provide experienced legal help.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with our legal team today.