Amarillo DWI Attorney
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Amarillo DWI attorney David Enos represents DWI clients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dumas, Hereford, Vega and throughout the Texas Panhandle. Call (806)372-7307 today and talk to a Amarillo DWI lawyer David Enos for help with your DWI in the Amarillo area. Selected as by ThreeBestRated.com as one of the areas leading DWI attorneys.
Amarillo DWI lawyer David Enos handles DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and drunk driving charges. Having an experienced attorney handling your DWI charge can make all the difference in the world. You will find Amarillo attorney David Enos is very knowledgeable about Texas DWI Laws and drunk driving information.
Call (806)372-7307 today for a FREE consultation and talk to Amarillo DWI lawyer David Enos and see how he can help you with your DWI charge in Potter, Randall, Deaf Smith, Moore or Oldham County. An arrest for DWI in the Amarillo area can result in thousands of dollars in fines, higher auto insurance costs, loss of license and even jail time. There is hope however. A qualified and experienced Amarillo DWI attorney can make the difference in the outcome of your case.
Experienced Amarillo DWI Lawyer
When selecting legal representation, realize that your DWI attorney’s experience is very important. The way your DWI case is handled will have an influence on the outcome and your future. Having an experienced DWI lawyer on your side can mean the difference between obtaining a good or bad result.
For an immediate FREE consultation on your DWI charge in the Amarillo area call (806)372-7307. David Enos handles drunk driving and DWI cases in Amarillo and Potter, Randall, Deaf Smith, Moore and Oldham Counties. Amarillo DWI lawyer David Enos have been handling cases of drunk driving since 1996. Call David Enos Amarillo DWI attorney today at (806)372-7307 for a FREE DWI consultation.
Affordable Pay Plans and Low Fees for your DWI Defense
The law firm offers fair and competitive fees. In most cases they charge a low flat fee. The initial consultation to discuss your DWI is FREE. When you factor in experience David Enos is a good choice for those who want high quality legal representation at a fair and reasonable cost.
Serious Consequences for a DWI
A charge of DWI or DUI in Potter, Randall, Deaf Smith, Moore and Oldham Counties can have serious consequences. You may lose your driver’s license, experience a substantial increase in car insurance rates, pay large fines and court costs, suffer a driver’s license traffic fine ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 and possibly face jail time. Don’t leave your future to chance. Select the Amarillo DWI Attorney who will fight for you. David Enos will work for dismissal or reduction of your charge. Don’t let this arrest record affect your job or your future; call immediately to discuss how David Enos will handle your DWI in the Amarillo area.
Call a Amarillo DWI Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
For immediate help with your DWI in the Amarillo area contact Amarillo DWI attorney David Enos at (806)372-7307. The initial consultation is FREE and there is no obligation.
What is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) under Texas Law?
A person with a regular drivers license that is arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher may be charged with driving while intoxicated or DWI. A first offense for DWI is a class B misdemeanor. If the driver is arrested for a high BAC of .15% or higher, increased penalties may apply. If a driver has been convicted of DWI within the past ten years, or caused an accident with injuries, he may be charged with felony DWI. In addition, driving while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of fifteen may also result in a felony DWI charge.
Holders of a commercial driver's license can be charged with DWI for a blood alcohol content of .04% for driving any type of motorized vehicle. A DWI conviction in Texas means an automatic revocation of a commercial driver's license.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Drivers under the age of twenty-one are subject to being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Texas is a zero tolerance state, which means that any detectible BAC at all can result in DUI charges.
For a minor's first DUI offense, the penalties can include sixty days license suspension, a fine of up to $500, community service, and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol-awareness program. If the driver is under eighteen years of age, a DUI charge will require a parent or guardian to accompany all court appearances. The penalties may include community service, alcohol-awareness training, and a suspended driver's license. If the minor's BAC exceeds .08% or higher, the penalties may be greatly increased, including a fine of up to $2000, 180 days in jail, and one year license suspension.
The Breathalyzer Test in Texas Called the Intoxilyzer 9000
The Intoxilyzer 9000 is the breath test machine used in Amarillo and throughout Texas to test possibly intoxicated persons who have been arrested for DWI and DUI under the current implied consent law. This machine is manufactured by CMI, Incorporated and is the predominant machine in the United States for breath testing by law enforcement personnel.
The Intoxilyzer 9000 works on the theory of infrared absorption. The machine has a light bulb positioned at one end of a breath capture cylinder. There are filter wheels at the other end of the cylinder and on the other side of these filter wheels is a light receiver.
A person suspected of or under arrest for DWI will blow into a breath tube which leads to a breath chamber cylinder. The machine shines a light through this cylinder and the filter wheels will be spinning on the other end of the breath tube chamber. The infrared light causes the alcohol molecules to "vibrate" or "absorb" light at a particular frequency. The filter wheels are designed to filter out potential contaminants.
The amount of the breath sample and any reading of alcohol are very minute. The machine must make a multiplication conversion to an amount great enough for us to understand. The difference in light emitted and received is computed through a computer program in the machine to come up a value that can be compared to a .08. The conversion the machine makes on the differences in light would be the equivalent of taking the paper towel tube and increasing its size to that of a 55 gallon drum! Any error would then be exaggerated by that amount.
How Reliable is the Breath Test?
Texas law only requires that the Intoxilyzer 9000 perform within a plus or minus 10% accuracy rate. This means that a 20% variance in "ok for government work". When the machine is periodically checked for proper function and accuracy and known value of alcohol solution -- 0.080 -- is used to test the machine, if the results are within 0.072 and 0.088 the machine is deemed to be working properly.
An everyday example is if you are stopped and arrested for DWI and take a breath test, and you blow a 0.080, when your actual alcohol content is something less, you still face the additional charge of driving with a .08 or higher. Very Scary.
The manufacturer does not warrant the Intoxilyzer 9000 for any particular purpose.The machine is not warranted for accurate and reliable breath testing.
So, would a smart person submit to such at test?
The Criminal DWI Charge vs. the Civil ALR Case
When a person is arrested for DWI, there are two cases involved: a criminal case and a civil case. The criminal case is prosecuted through the local criminal court system according to the Texas law. This where you have to worry about jail time or probation.
The other case is a civil case reviewed by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV reviews the case for an Administrative License Revocation, also known as an ALR. An ALR can result from refusal to submit to breath test or a result of .08 or greater.Once the DMV serves a driver with notice of an ALR, the driver has FIFTEEN days to request a hearing. If the driver fails to request a hearing, the suspension automatically goes into place on the 40th day after the notice from the DMV. This is why you should contact a DWI attorney immediately after your arrest, as the window for response to the DMV notice is narrow.
Occupational Driver's License - Get your license back
If your driver's license gets suspended as discussed above you can petition the court for an Occupational Driver's License. See our Occupational Driver's License page for more information.
The Criminal Penalties for DWI under Texas Law
Under Texas law, the penalties for DWI can vary, depending on the number of prior DWI convictions.
First DWI under Texas Law
Class B Misdemeanor. Punishments can include, but are not limited to the following:
$2,000 maximum fine;
Up to six months behind bars;
Suspended driver’s license for up to one year;
$1,000.00 every year for the next three years to keep your driver’s license;
First time offenders must also complete a 12 hour DWI Education Program within 180 days of when probation was granted or risk having their license revoked; and
Community Service of not less than 24 hours, but not more than 100 hours.
Second DWI under Texas Law
Class A Misdemeanor. Punishments upon conviction can include, but are not limited to the following:
$4,000.00 maximum fine;
Up to one year in jail;
Suspended driver’s license for up to two years; and
$1,500.00 for every year for three years to keep your driver’s license.
Third or Subsequent DWI
A third DWI in the state of Texas is a 3rd degree felony. Texas law does not provide or any increased punishment after a third DWI offense. A third DWI conviction or guilty plea can result in the following punishments:
$10,000.00 maximum fine
Two to ten years in prison
Suspension of driver’s license for up to two years
$2,000.00 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license
Community Service for a minimum 80 hours, but no more than 200 hours
A fourth DWI guilty plea or conviction can result in two to ten years in prison without probation.
DWI with Minor in Vehicle
It is a felony in the state of Texas to operate a vehicle while intoxicated with a minor under the age of 15 in the vehicle. A conviction of a DWI with a minor in the vehicle can result in a punishment of:
A fine of up to $10,000.00; and a state jail term of at least 180 days and up to 2 years.
Start Your Defense Today
The first step in fighting the charges that have been filed against you is hiring an Amarillo DWI attorney who will aggressively fight for you.
At the Law Offices of David Enos, Attorney at Law, we represent clients located throughout the Texas Panhandle, including the communities of Amarillo, Canyon, Hereford, Childress, Pampa, Dumas, Dalhart, Borger, Clarendon, Plainview and Vega. We also represent clients in other communities in Randall County, Armstrong County, Potter County, Carson County, Moore County, Gray County, Hutchinson County and Ochiltree County.