Amarillo DWI Lawyer
Defending Against DWI Charges in Texas
If you have been arrested for drunk driving anywhere in Amarillo, it is imperative that you retain the services of a knowledgeable Amarillo DWI lawyer as soon as you can. At The Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse, we believe that every life is important and we don't take life for granted. We know just how important, it is to provide our clients with the legal defense they deserve to protect their rights. If you choose to have our firm represent your best interests, you can count on us to thoroughly investigate your case and fight on your behalf.
DWI Cases We Handle
DWI cases can take many forms; our firm handles the following types:
- First-offense DWI
- Felony DWI
- DWI Minor
- DWI involving drugs
- Multiple DWI charges
Texas DWI Laws
In the state of Texas, DWI refers to the actions of operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. The legal limit for intoxication is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher for drivers aged 21 and over. For commercial drivers in the state, the limit is lower at 0.04%. For drivers under the age of 21, there is a zero-tolerance policy, meaning that any detectable BAC can lead to a DWI charge. If a BAC limit is 0.15% or higher, a driver could face enhanced penalties.
Is a DWI a Felony in Texas?
Under certain conditions, you may be charged with enhanced penalties and could be charged with a felony. These circumstances may include:
- If you were speeding
- Driving recklessly
- Have a prior DWI conviction on your record
- The injury of another
- The accidental death of an individual
- If you had a minor child in the car with you
Additionally, you may not refuse a blood/breathalyzer test as consent to submit yourself to these tests is automatically assured upon being issued a driver's license.
What are the DWI Penalties in Texas?
In Texas, the punishment for a DWI conviction depends on the number of prior offenses you have or have not had, as well as the circumstances surrounding the case.
Perhaps the biggest offender when it comes to slamming people wrongfully with DWI charges are misleading field sobriety tests. When a police officer tells you to stand on one foot for a while, walk a straight line, or poke at your own nose, they are supposed to be testing to see if you are intoxicated. In reality, they are only testing how well you perform strange feats under pressure. The entire process becomes subjective as the officer tries to figure out if you are swaying because you are drunk or because you are nervous, or naturally have bad balance. If their discretion is misjudged, as it often is, an otherwise innocent motorist can be arrested.
Possible punishment for Texas DWI convictions includes:
- First offense: a $2,000 fine and 3 days to six months in jail
- Second offense: a $4,000 fine and 30 days to 1 year in jail
- Third offense: a $10,000 fine and 2 to 10 years in jail
The second thing you need to watch out for are chemical tests – blood-, breath-, and urine-based tests usually done back at the station. Law enforcement in Texas sometimes swear by these complicated machines and how accurate they must be since a computer gets involved to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. When was the last time you fully trusted a machine or computer, especially when something as important as someone’s freedom hangs in the balance? The truth is that the slightest mistake in calibration or sample handling can lead to inaccurate test results that may exaggerate the actual BAC.
Can You Get a DWI in Texas For Sleeping in Your Car?
For how often law enforcement tries to encourage responsible driving behavior and not getting behind the wheel after drinking, they rarely tell you an alternative. Many people believe they are being responsible by choosing to sleep off their buzz in their car until the morning, after hours of sleep, and maybe a bite to eat. As surprising as it may sound, you can still be cited for a DWI while dozing in a safely parked, unmoving vehicle, lying down in the backseat, and with the keys in the glove box.
DWI charges can be issued without a police officer actually seeing you driving behind the wheel. They just need a reasonable argument to believe you had been driving while intoxicated at some point in the night. Unfortunately, being in the backseat and asleep is still being quite close to the steering wheel, so they could argue that you had been driving only moments before they found you snoozing.
Contact a Skilled DWI Attorney in Amarillo Today
If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, even if it is your first offense, the consequences could be dire, including license suspension, jail time, and fines. You should defend yourself with an aggressive and experienced Amarillo DWI lawyer like Attorney D. Chris Hesse. As a former U.S. Marine, he is not afraid to take on the biggest oppositions out there and fight for your rights to the very end.
Contact the Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse today to start your defense with our Amarillo DWI lawyer.
Chris Heese will go beyound and above to make sure you are taken care of. Chris Heese will fight for you and do what is right. I was pleased with the outcome of Chris Heese being my attorney.- Rob
I have used Chris on two separate occasions he has always answered my calls, messages, and email. I would recommend him for anyone needing a lawyer.- Robert
Chris is an outstanding lawyer. He fought hard for my husband to get his charge for a DWI dropped and of course, he was successful in doing so. He cares about his clients and will go above and beyond to get the results that you are seeking.- Edaena
Mr. Hesse assisted me as local counsel on a very difficult federal case. I could not have received any better counsel. On time, on task, and on the spot with guidance and advice. Highly Recommended!- Scott
I sat 2nd chair with Mr. Hesse on a Possession of Marijuana case in April of 2014. Chris was an absolute professional in the courtroom. He was able to narrow down on the proper issues during jury selection and succeeded with the suppression of the Marijuana in the case. Judges are reluctant to grant suppressions, but Chris was able to get it done! At that point, the government had no other option than to dismiss the case. Had it not been for Chris' ability to spot a fatal flaw in the government's case, his client may have been wrongfully convicted. I have no doubt Chris will work hard on your case to expose the government just as he did in our case.- Armen Merjanian
I received a ticket for a traffic mishap you see i have a CDL and the city of Amarillo, TX. which does not dismiss them. he worked endlessly and countless hours to help me get the ticket off my record which he did. With little help from me I highly recommend Chris Hesse for your next criminal attorney!!- John Brooks
After being pulled over unfairly and being charge with possession. Chris Hesse helped me and got my charge dismissed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an attorney. He is both experienced and willing to fight to get the best outcome for you.- Daegen
Not only did he fight for me, but he showed he cared when everyone else seemed to just want to throw the book at me. He got my assault charge and disorderly conduct charges dismissed!!- Trent