Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer
Dallas / North Texas
When you have been arrested for a criminal offense such as Driving
While Intoxicated (DWI) you need an attorney with extensive expertise.
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Attorney At Law
5005 Greenville Avenue, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75206
Texas License Revocation Hearing / Drunk Driving Arrest
|"Board Certified Criminal Lawyer" and "Former Assistant District Attorney"
||Fighting For Your Rights...
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
IS A VERY SERIOUS MATTER
DWI Drunk Driving Arrest
DUI Driving Under The Influence
License Revocation Hearing
Dallas DWI Defense Attorney / Lawyer
When you are arrested for a DWI or DUI in The State of Texas....
If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, you will face several procedures, including:
ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION HEARING
Fighting in the Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) in the event that you have properly requested your hearing within 15 days of receiving the
notice of your suspension is your right. Notice of license suspension usually occurs on the date that you were
arrested. Requesting a hearing is important not only to attempt to keep your Texas driver's license from being suspended, but also to examine the DWI officer
or to review the State's evidence. The hearing serves the additional purpose of learning specific details about the police officer's case against you. The more
information your lawyer has, the better opportunity to develop strategies for your defense of DWI charges.
After you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas and bonded out of jail, you may have been given a date to return to the courthouse to
appear for the DWI case pending against you. Depending on the county of your arrest, your lawyer may appear on your behalf at the initial setting or you may
have to appear in person. Often, you must appear and inform the court if you have hired an attorney. The initial court setting is an opportunity to have your
DWI case placed on the court's docket, which will provide more time to investigate the issues. At that time, your attorney may take the opportunity to
speak with the District Attorney's Office regarding obtaining the DWI videotape and other discovery material.
After several court settings, courts require that the DWI case be placed on a plea bargain docket or on a trial docket. By that time, if you have hired an
attorney, you may know that you want to proceed forward and go to trial. Additionally, you and your lawyer may have discussed pre-trial issues, such as
filing a motion to suppress evidence. Motions to suppress evidence are opportunities to challenge on constitutional grounds your detention and DWI
arrest. If your motion is successful, the District Attorney's office might not be able to proceed with their case. Motions to suppress may be heard on or
before the day of trial, depending on each court's policies.
In the event that you have decided to go to trial, you must then decide if you want the case and evidence to be heard by a jury or a judge. Your decision will
likely be based upon consultations with your lawyer after reviewing the discovery material that your lawyer has obtained. If you decide if you want a
jury to determine guilt or innocence, you must also decide if you want the jury or the judge to decide punishment in the event that you are found guilty by a
jury. At the end of the trial, if a judge or jury determines that you are not guilty, you are then acquitted of the driving while intoxicated charges against
you. At that time, you should discuss with your lawyer the possibilities of
clearing your record. In the event that you are found guilty of driving while
intoxicated, the next step is sentencing. At the sentencing stage, driving while intoxicated punishment may include days in jail, probation, community service,
fines, fees, alcohol counseling, and possibly a breath device placed on your vehicle. As you can see, it is important to find a lawyer experienced in
handling DWI cases.
Please call and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience, because as a top
Dallas DWI criminal defense attorney with offices in Dallas, Texas I can
help you through the unfamiliar territory of the criminal justice system throughout Texas. Because each case is different and special, I offer a free
initial consultation where you and I can sit down and discuss the criminal charges against you and what options are available to you. To assist you financially in
paying any attorney fees, I offer flat rate fees and flexible payment plans that will allow you to hire me as your
Dallas DWI criminal defense
attorney so that I can start immediately to protect your rights.
Dallas / North Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
"Board Certified - Criminal Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization"
Ward Maedgen - Attorney At Law
|Ward Maedgen practices criminal defense law in the following cities and counties: Dallas,
Arlington, Cedar Hill, McKinney, Highland Park, University Park, Addison, Plano, Richardson, Mesquite, Garland, Irving, D/FW Airport,
Duncanville, Frisco, Carrolton, Allen, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, Farmers Branch, Forney, Hutchins, Wilmer, Rowlett, Grand
Prairie. Counties: North Texas, Dallas County, Collin County, Denton County, Rockwall County, Kaufman County