Being charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the state of Texas is a serious offense, oftentimes leading to heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, and prison time. If you are in Texas or New Mexico and need effective representation from a skilled defense lawyer for a DWI case, Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC is ready to give you the assistance you need. Our El Paso DWI attorneys have over 80 years of experience practicing law. We know how the legal system works and how to address the technical issues that so often arise in DWI cases.
For a free DWI case evaluation, call our offices at (915) 206-5154. Aggressive defense counsel is just a phone call away.
Misdemeanor & Felony DWI Charges
Depending on the details surrounding your DWI charge, your case will be deemed either a misdemeanor or felony:
- A misdemeanor is the most common type of DWI charge, and it often carries penalties of fines and driver’s license suspension.
- In more serious circumstances— for example, if you are accused of causing bodily harm or killing another person while behind the wheel — DWI can be considered a felony. In these cases, not only could you be charged heavy fines, but your license could be revoked permanently. Under the most serious circumstances, you could also be looking at a lengthy prison sentence.
Our DWI defense attorneys have extensive knowledge of Texas and New Mexico DWI laws and criminal laws, and we work to safeguard our clients’ rights against any charges leveled against them. When you come to our firm, we will look at the evidence against you, such as the Breathalyzer test, and fight to get your charges either reduced or thrown out altogether.
DUI vs. DWI in Texas
In Texas, the difference between DUI and DWI is all a matter of age. DUI (driving under the influence) is reserved for drivers aged 20 and younger. While adults are considered legally drunk with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) level, a driver under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, thanks to the state’s zero-tolerance policy.
DWI is a term reserved for people of legal drinking age with a 0.08 BAC or higher. However, DWI also covers driving with any drugs in your system, and this applies to minors as well.
Aggressive DWI Defense Counsel in New Mexico & Texas
Whether you were charged with DWI or DUI, Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC has the knowledge and experience to effectively take your case. Our El Paso DWI lawyers know what is at stake and will spare no effort in building an aggressive, effective defense against your charges.
To learn more, give us a call at (915) 206-5154.