You should seek legal counsel immediately if you have been pulled over for suspicion of driving while impaired (DWI) in Conroe. Texas DWI convictions can lead to driving privileges being revoked and jail time. Fines may also be assessed. It can also affect your reputation, job, and personal relationships. Attorney Ronnie Yeates doesn't want to see a one-time mistake ruin your life. Ronnie has a wide range of experience ranging from minor tickets to life sentences. Attorney Ronnie Yeates will have your back throughout this ordeal.
Texas Penal Code 49.04 states Driving While Intoxicated is when a person is "intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle while in a public place." This means you can be charged with DWI if you have lost your normal mental or physical faculties by being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs or having a BAC over .08. If your BAC is less than 0.08, the officer on-site may (and often will) arrest you if they believe you're too intoxicated to operate your vehicle.
The range of punishment for a DWI first depends on your BAC and if it is under or over .15. Suppose it is your first offense DWI charge in Texas, and your BAC is under .15 (a Class B Misdemeanor). A Class B DWI under .15 carries a minimum sentence of 72 hours in jail or six days if there was an open container in the vehicle, and up to $2,000 in fines. The maximum jail term is 180 days in jail for a DWI first with a BAC under .15. If it is your first DWI and your BAC is over .15 (a class A Misdemeanor), you can get up to 1 year in jail and up to a $4000 fine. Of course, there are other impacts on your life for a DWI first, such as a license suspension up to 2 years long, class requirements, the possibility of getting an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, and a statutory civil fee of $3000 to $6,000.
The stakes get even higher if you are charged with a DWI second or more. A second DWI offense is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor DWI can result in a sentence of 30 days to one year in jail, a maximum $4,000 fine, license suspension for up to two years, mandatory installation of an interlock device on your vehicle, and between a $4500 to $6000 civil fee. A third or more DWI offense is a third-degree felony and carries a sentence of between two and ten years in Texas Prison, a maximum $10,000 fine, and license suspension for up to two years, along with the requirement of an interlock device on your vehicle, and a $4500 to $6000 civil fee. Suppose you get a DWI in Montgomery County, Harris County, or surrounding counties. If so, it is crucial to contact Ronnie Yeates immediately. Ronnie Yeates has dealt with many DWI charges, from first-time offenders to those facing 25 years to life in prison for multiple DWI charges.
"From the first five minutes of my initial conversation with Ronnie, he seemed to know exactly what I was going through and I knew he was who I needed"Bert S.
"From day one he listened and made sure I was taken care of"Jason B.
"I trusted him throughout the process and he always kept me informed and made me feel at ease."Lorissa P.