Houston DWI Defense Attorneys
DUI and DWI Defense: Houston, Galveston and League City, Texas
For many residents of the Houston area, their first (and hopefully only) contact with law enforcement comes in the form of a DWI arrest. Drunk driving is a criminal offense in Texas, so you need to take any such charge seriously. Even a first-time offender faces significant consequences to their life and liberty, which is why you need to work with an experienced Houston DWI defense attorney who understands the Texas criminal justice system.
The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates focuses on DWI defense. Attorney Tad Nelson is a former prosecutor who is intimately familiar with how these cases work. He and his team know that you are likely overwhelmed by your arrest and may not even fully comprehend your constitutional and legal rights. Indeed, we find that in many criminal DWI cases the police or prosecution make mistakes that undermine their case. We will seek to expose such weaknesses and aggressively defend your interests.
What Does It Mean to Be “Intoxicated” in Texas?
Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code defines the basic offense of DWI. The prosecution needs to prove that you were “intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place.” A first-time DWI offense is normally treated as a Class B misdemeanor with a minimum jail term of three days (72 hours). Your driver’s license can also be suspended in a separate administrative proceeding.
You probably know that a person is “intoxicated” if they have a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent, which is the DWI limit in all states. But this is just one standard for legal intoxication. In fact, you can be convicted of DWI if the prosecution can prove–beyond a reasonable doubt–that you did not have the “normal use of mental or physical faculties” due to the use of any alcohol or drug. For example, you may be convicted of DWI even if you just took prescription medication that impaired your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
Dealing With Special Circumstances in Drunk Driving Cases
While a first DWI offense is normally a Class B misdemeanor, second and subsequent offenses are treated more severely and in some cases are felonies. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates we can assist you with many types of “enhanced” DWI cases involving issues like the following:
- Commercial Driver DWI (CDL license)
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID
- DWI With a Child in Car
- Intoxication Assault
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Third DWI Offense
- Underage Drinking and Driving (DUI)
We Can Help You Fight Your DWI Charge
Whatever the charge you face, the important thing to remember is that you have a constitutional right to the assistance of qualified legal counsel to prepare your defense. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates has been helping Harris and Galveston County residents like you fight DWI charges for nearly two decades. Contact us today at (281) 280-0100 if you have been charged with drunk driving and need to speak with an attorney right away.