DWI Frequently Asked Questions
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When you operate a vehicle, having a clear state of mind is crucial. Police are often on the lookout for people who do not seem to be behaving correctly, and it can be hard to imagine what could have gone differently in those last moments leading up to an arrest for DWI. At the Wilder Law Firm, we understand the difficulty of this situation, and we are here to help. Our award-winning Dallas criminal defense lawyer has the experience your case needs to obtain the best possible outcome.

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Below you will find answers to questions people have asked regarding DWI in Texas. If you have been charged with DWI, give yourself legal representation you can count on. Our firm offers over 20 years of experience to help you build a strong defense. Call today for a free consultation.

Yes. Even though Texas has the implied consent law, a person arrested for DWI may refuse the test requested.

This refusal can result in the following penalties:

  • 180-day suspension of your driving privilege if this is your first DWI arrest.
  • 2-year suspension of your driving privileges for a subsequent arrest within 10 years if you refused to submit to a test in your first arrest.
  • The prosecutor can admit your refusal into evidence in your DWI trial. The prosecutor will then argue that you refused the test because you knew you were intoxicated and that you would fail the test.

If you submit to a test and fail, your driving privileges can be suspended and the following penalties may occur:

  • 90-day suspension of your driving privilege if your driving record shows no prior alcohol-related arrests
  • 1-year suspension of your driving privilege if you have a prior conviction or suspension with the preceding 10 years
  • The prosecutor can admit the results of the test into evidence at your DWI trial

If you do not want to take a test, it is better to tell the officer that you want to talk to a lawyer before making the decision, as opposed to just refusing. Again, they most likely will not give you the opportunity to talk to a lawyer, but no test will be given.

Any lawyer you hire should be able to answer your DWI questions and have completed both the NHTSA approved Field Sobriety Test Student Course to be a practitioner and the NHTSA approved Field Sobriety Test Instructors Course to be an Instructor. Valuable knowledge on how to properly cross examine an officer is gained when the lawyer is trained exactly how an officer has been. If a lawyer is not dedicated enough to obtain this intensive training, do you think they really have your best interest at heart when representing you?