How to Beat a DWI 

The easiest way to beat a DWI in Texas is to avoid drinking and driving. The law takes driving while intoxicated cases seriously. A conviction for DWI can send an individual’s personal and professional life into turmoil.

You don’t have to beat yourself up over a DWI arrest. You certainly don’t have to let law enforcement or prosecutors beat you up over a DWI, either. There are effective strategies that can help an individual beat a DWI.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we can evaluate your situation and apply these strategies to your unique case. We are knowledgeable about the law and have a reputation for fighting to protect our clients. We can help you navigate the legal system and take the stress off your shoulders during this overwhelming time. If you are arrested for DWI, immediately contact the DWI defense team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for help and learn more about how we can help you beat a DWI.

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What Is DWI?

Texas identifies drinking and driving as “driving while intoxicated” or DWI. Driving while intoxicated is legally defined as either having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, or the presence of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances that prevents a person from having the use of their normal physical and mental faculties.

The state has a variety of different alcohol-related charges that may come with a DWI, including:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while intoxicated with a child passenger
  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Intoxication assault
  • Intoxication manslaughter

These charges are serious and can net a person steep fines, jail time, or even prison time if the charge results in a conviction. DWI charges need to be taken extremely seriously, and a skilled defense attorney called immediately.

Beating a DWI Charge

There is no simple way to “beat” a DWI charge. An experienced defense attorney understands that there is no cookie-cutter approach to beating a DWI charge. An attorney needs to review the entirety of the situation and all the evidence available to determine the best course of action. The facts will determine which defense strategy offers the best chance possible at a positive outcome. However, before an attorney can craft a strategic defense, there are some steps that you can take immediately to make your attorney’s job easier. These steps include:

  • Do not talk to anyone without your attorney present. You have the right to remain silent; exercise that right.
  • Do not antagonize law enforcement. Remain polite and civil.
  • Do not post about the event on social media.
  • Ask for an attorney.

Once you have a skilled attorney on your side, they will begin the process of reviewing the evidence against you. A careful review of the facts can give a defense team the information they need to craft a strategy that may help you fight back against a DWI charge.

  • Field Sobriety Test. In many cases, the field sobriety test gives law enforcement the “evidence” they need to detain you for DWI. However, these tests are not scientific and may be flawed. A defense attorney will be able to examine police records and look for ways to challenge the validity of the field sobriety test.
  • Breath Tests. Many people assume that a breath test is the be-all, end-all for determining blood alcohol concentration. It isn’t. These tests can be skewed by certain health conditions, diet, and other circumstances. Blood tests can similarly be unreliable if the blood sample is handled improperly or it has been contaminated.
  • Procedural Mishandling. Law enforcement and prosecutors have a responsibility to treat everyone equally under the law. Procedures must be followed when it comes to processing evidence and making a person aware of their rights. If an individual’s rights are violated, or there are procedural issues, a case may end up being dismissed.

There are numerous other ways that a defense team may wish to combat DWI charges. The use of witnesses, expert testimony, and finding holes in police reports are just some of the other tactics that may be utilized to help an individual beat a DWI charge.

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Contact a Dallas DWI Defense Attorney Today

Each DWI case is unique. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we examine the facts of each case and then tailor our defense strategy accordingly. This approach means that we can create a personalized defense that gives you the best chance possible at obtaining a positive result.

If you’ve been arrested for DWI, contact our office at (214) 845-7007 immediately. We can begin work right away on your case and provide you with aggressive representation.

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