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
|"Board Certified Criminal Lawyer" and "Former Assistant District Attorney"
Facts and Questions regarding a Dallas
criminal defense attorney for a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or a DUI
(Driving Under The Influence) and what is involved in the criminal court
Facts & Questions Regarding DWI Law in The
State of Texas
When should I hire a criminal defense attorney experienced in DWI?
Immediately. Texas law requires that a request for a hearing to keep your
license must be made within 15 days from the date of your
DWI arrest. If you
fail to hire an attorney, and a hearing is not requested, you waive the
opportunity to fight the license suspension. In short, the sooner you act the
better chance I will have in providing
the best criminal DWI defense you need.
I was arrested for DWI in Texas. Is my license automatically suspended?
No. However, if you refused to provide a sample of your breath or blood, or if
you provided a sample and they say it had an alcohol concentration of .08 or
greater, and a hearing is not requested to fight the DWI suspension, it will be
Is there any benefit in requesting an Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
Yes. We have been very successful in keeping a large percentage of our Texas
clients from ever having their license suspended. Further, it is the first and
probably only opportunity to cross-examine the police officer and get his
"version" on record, which may help in any subsequent trial before the officer
is coached by the prosecutor.
If my license is suspended for a DWI, can I get a license to drive to work?
In almost every case, yes. Depending on your criminal and driving record, we can
often obtain for you an Occupational Driverís License that will allow you to
drive to and from work or during specific hours of the day. You may also be
allowed to drive between locations, if your job requires you to travel as part
of your duties.
I received a DWI in Texas and I have never been in trouble before. Am I going
Probably not. All cases are different. The specific facts of your case must be
reviewed. However, in most case I can successfully fight to keep you out of
Are you familiar with defending Texas DWI cases?
My firm defends Intoxication and Texas DWI cases on a regular basis. Texas DWI
laws and techniques in defending DWI are constantly changing, and therefore I
stay on top of all changes to Texas DWI laws. As DWI laws change so do the best
techniques to handle each DWI case. It is important to find a lawyer who stays
on top of the current Texas DWI laws, trends, and what occurs in Courts
everyday. At my firm your case will be treated individually and not just a part
of a volume DWI traffic only firm. It is also important to find out if your
attorney is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization in order to give you a sense if the lawyer has tried many cases,
kept up with the law, and experienced the Courtroom.
Are you knowledgeable of the proper administration of Standardized Field
Yes. I have practiced both as a criminal defense attorney handling Texas DWI
cases, as well as a DWI prosecutor dealing with officers using the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests.
This allows me to better evaluate how you did on the tests, and more
importantly, evaluate how the police officer administered them. This is
important because most DWI prosecutions involve results of "field sobriety
tests," some of which have been the subject of scientific studies conducted by
Are you familiar with the breath test machine, the Intoxilyzer 5000, used in
Yes. A failed breath test in no way means you are guilty, as any experienced
Texas DWI defense attorney will tell you. I understand how the breath test
machine works, what can cause you to submit an erroneously high reading, the
philosophy behind breath testing, and how alcohol is absorbed and eliminated
from the body. I also utilize, under the right DWI circumstances, experts in the
field of Toxicology who are often instrumental in explaining to a jury through
scientific evidence that a breath test may be erroneous.
Can you get my DWI case dismissed?
An ethical lawyer would never promise to get your DWI case dismissed. That being
said, I will fight to have your case dismissed so that your record can be kept
clean and your life can continue without the negative effects of a DWI
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