A DWI is defined as someone who drives or operates a motor vehicle while not having the normal use of their mental or physical faculties or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more at the time of driving. An individual can also be charged with a DWI while under the influence of a controlled substance, a non-prescription drug, or a combination of two or more of those substances. If you are facing Plano DWI charges, reach out to a DWI attorney as soon as possible for legal representation.
All police agencies in North Texas take enforcing DWI laws very seriously. In Plano, police officers often enforce DWI laws by looking for any and all minor traffic violations that would give them a legal basis to pull someone over. If someone is going a little bit over the speed limit, not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, or not using their turn signal 100 feet before they turn, an officer may pull them over with the intent of investigating for possible DWI.
Often, when a driver is pulled over and the officer smells the odor of an alcoholic beverage on their breath, that officer does not know and is not able to determine the time of their last drink, how strong their last drink was, or whether that person is still absorbing alcohol. As a result, these stops may evolve to include a field sobriety test, administration of a breathalyzer, or other investigative tactics.
When the police stop someone and smell alcohol, they are often unwilling the driver go. At the time of the stop, the person may not be intoxicated, but 20 minutes later they may be intoxicated due to continued alcohol absorption. As a result, officers sometimes take people to jail who are not legally intoxicated. Officers routinely err on the side of caution, then write a police report justifying their arrest.
DWI charges are taken seriously in Plano as well as in all of Collin County. The Collin County District Attorney has taken a firm stand that they will not reduce a DWI charge nor will they dismiss a DWI charge. If a person is arrested in Plano or any other city in Collin County and charged with DWI, their choice is either fight it through a trial or negotiate some sort of a plea settlement. Even so, that plea settlement will still end in a DWI conviction. Defendants should keep in mind when deciding whether to fight a DWI that convictions cost people their jobs, promotions, reputation, and last forever.
Plano DWI charges are intimidating because the defendant will face a permanent criminal record that can affect their future, freedom, and reputation. For so many people who get pulled over, there is no intent when it comes to DWI. It is, for the most part, a simple mistake, an error in judgment, and most people do not know how little alcohol it takes to become legally intoxicated.
If you are facing charges for DWI, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer could collect valuable evidence, negotiate with prosecutors, and do everything possible to preserve your future.