DWI FAQs

A Texas DWI / DUI arrest usually leaves the accused drunk driver with more questions than answers. Accused DWI / DUI drivers and their loved ones are worried about their driver’s licenses, legal representation, and the repercussions of a driving while intoxicated arrest. The answers to many common questions are outlined here. Any additional questions can be answered by Fort Bend defense DUI / DWI trial lawyer David Hunter during a free consultation.

Why are DWI laws so vigorously enforced?

Drunk drivers kill innocent victims, and no civilized society can tolerate the death of innocent people. As such, society puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the Legislature, the District Attorney, and Law Enforcement to get tough on people that drink and drive and to make DWI arrests.

When should I hire an experienced DWI trial lawyer?

The sooner you hire an experienced Fort Bend DWI / DUI defense lawyer, the better off you’ll be. The law requires that you request an administrative license revocation hearing (ALR) within 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest if you want to fight your license suspension. If you fail to request an ALR hearing within 15 days, you waive the opportunity to fight the license suspension and your license will automatically be suspended. The sooner I'm on your case the sooner I will be able to protect your rights.

Will my license be automatically suspended?

No. However, if you refused to provide a sample of your breath or blood, or if you provided a sample and they say it had an alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, and a hearing is not requested to fight the DWI suspension, you will automatically lose your driving privileges.

Is there any benefit in requesting an ALR hearing?

Absolutely. I have been able to keep a number of my clients from having their licenses suspended. Also, it is the first and probably only opportunity that we will have to speak to the officer and get his story locked down before the prosecutors have a chance to coach the officer.

If my license is suspended for a DWI, can I get a license to drive to work?

Yes, in most cases. Depending on your criminal and driving record, I can almost always get you an occupational driver’s license that will allow you to drive to and from work. It will also allow you to drive between locations, if your job requires you to travel as part of your duties.

Are you skilled in the proper administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)?

Yes. I have completed extensive advanced training for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests several times. This allows me to better evaluate how you did on the tests, and more importantly, evaluate how the police officer administered them. This is important because most DWI prosecutions involve results of "field sobriety tests," some of which have been the subject of scientific studies conducted by NHTSA.

Are you familiar with the breath test machine, the Intoxilyzer 5000?

Yes. I even own an Intoxilyzer 5000 machine. To the average criminal defense attorney, a breath test above the legal limit means "plead guilty" from the beginning, even though they will not tell you this until after the fee has been paid. To an experienced Texas DWI trial lawyer, a failed breath test in no way means you are guilty.

I understand how the breathalyzer breath test machine works, what can cause you to provide an erroneously high reading, the philosophy behind breath testing, and how alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body. This knowledge can often mean the difference between a guilty and not guilty verdict. If you are serious about being found not guilty, it is a must that your lawyer is very knowledgeable about alcohol and how it affects the human body and breath testing.

Can you get my DWI case dismissed?

It would be unethical for me to promise that I will get your drunk driving case dismissed. However, my goal is to get your case dismissed, keep your record clean, and prevent you from losing your freedom, dignity, and license to drive. I can explain how my proven defense strategies will greatly improve your chances in court during a free consultation.