Monday, May 4, 2009

Austin DWI Attorney

Are you facing a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge in Austin, TX? If so, you are probably worried about what will happen to you next. Jail time, probation, community service, and a driver’s license suspension are all very real possibilities if you are convicted.

Attorney Ken Gibson can help you if you have recently been charged with DWI. He understands just how traumatic a DWI arrest can be. That is why he is committed to ensuring that his clients rights are upheld during the legal proceedings that occur after a DWI charge.

DWI law is extremely complicated. It is important to hire an attorney who keeps up-to-date on the ever-evolving drunk-driving laws and statutes. While it may be tempting to represent yourself during a DWI case, it will cost you more in the long run. Court fees, fines, and other expenses add up in the wake of a DWI conviction.

The first thing you will have to worry about after a DWI arrest is saving your license. In Texas, you have only 15 days to request a hearing with the Department of Public Safety. If you do not request a hearing within this timeframe, your license will automatically be suspended on the 41st day after your arrest. This is called an administrative license suspension, it is separate from any driver’s license suspension you may be sentenced to in criminal court. Your attorney will make sure that you have your paperwork filed in time and will represent you during this proceeding.

In Austin, the penalties for even a first-time DWI offense are severe. You may face time in jail, probation, and a lengthy driver’s license suspension in addition to expensive fines. The judge may even order that you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

These are just the legal consequences. It is very likely that you will have trouble finding future employment with a DWI on your record, and your auto insurance fees will drastically increase.

If you are interested in fighting your Austin DWI charge, contact Attorney Gibson. He will provide you with a free DWI evaluation and answer any questions you may have about your case.

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