Fewer communities in the United States have seen more growth in recent years than the suburbs of North Texas, and Denton County is no exception. Whether a person has recently relocated from another part of the country or is a longtime local of the area, many people can find themselves feeling frightened and overwhelmed if they face criminal charges in Texas.
However, an arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI, also known as driving under the influence or DUI) does not automatically result in a conviction. With the help of skilled and proven legal representation, initial criminal charges can be significantly reduced or possibly even completely dismissed.
DWI Defense Attorney Denton
If you have been arrested for DWI in Denton County, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represents clients in and around Lewisville, including such communities as Denton, Little Elm, Highland Village, Argyle, Flower Mound and The Colony.
Richard C. McConathy and Brian A. Bolton have more than two decades of combined legal experience in matters of criminal law. They can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call 940-222-8004 or contact us online today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Aggressive Defense Against Drunk Driving Charges in Texas
The experience of being arrested for DWI is not only embarrassing but can result in significant penalties that can have enormous negative consequences for a person’s professional and personal life. Whether you are facing your first DWI charge or you were arrested after having previous drunk driving convictions, it is important to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and determine any possible flaws in chemical testing or other police procedures.
Our firm has a thorough understanding of the field sobriety tests administered by law enforcement as well as the Intoxilyzer 5000 and other chemical tests used to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC) of alleged offenders. Any errors made during these tests can result in charges being dropped and cases being dismissed.
Always Take a DWI Seriously
It is in your best interest to seek the help of capable legal counsel when you have been accused of DWI because of the severity of the possible consequences of a conviction. A skilled lawyer can work to help you avoid such punishments as:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Sentence of several years in jail or prison
- Lengthy driver’s license suspension
- Thousands of dollars in Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Responsibility Surcharges that need to be paid every year for three years
- Several hundreds of hours of community service
- Mandatory DWI classes
- Mandatory participation in alcohol or drug education programs
- Mandatory evaluation and possible counseling
- Mandatory installation of deep-lung device (DLD) or ignition interlock device (IID)
- Various other court and administrative costs
We Seek to Have DWI Charges Reduced or Dismissed
You should know that there may be several different police errors or violations of your constitutional rights that could result in your case being thrown out of court. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will thoroughly investigate your case to uncover any possible defenses that may include, but are not limited to:
- Police procedural errors
- No probable cause
- Symptoms of alleged intoxication not related to alcohol
- Alleged offender was not driving on public property
- Videos from dashboard or booking room do not support police statements
- False or inaccurate breath test result
- Improperly handled or contaminated blood or urine samples
- Breath test operator was not licensed
- Unapproved or malfunctioning breath test device
- BAC of alleged was rising when tested
- Improperly administered or non-standardized field sobriety tests
Handling DWI Arrests in Other Texas Counties
Sometimes Denton County residents are arrested for DWI in a different county in Texas. There are certainly many people who are charged with this crime in Denton although they live in another part of the Lone Star State.
This can understandably cause concern and confusion among alleged offenders. Certain attorneys practice solely in state courts that are within their county limits. However, Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy handles DWI cases all over North Texas.
Richard C. McConathy and Brian A. Bolton fight to protect the rights of clients who live in one county but were arrested in another. Our firm handles criminal charges that were filed in or involve residents of Denton County as well as many surrounding areas, including Dallas County, Collin County, Tarrant County, Rockwall County, Johnson County, Wise County, and Ellis County.
Providing Successful BWI Defenses
Just as state law prohibits motorists from driving while under the influence of alcohol, the same chapter of the Texas Penal Code also criminalizes boating while intoxicated (BWI). Much like DWI charges, an arrest for this crime can have severe consequences for alleged offenders.
In these types of cases, police officers can frequently place people under arrest for BWI based on misleading observations or inaccurate test results. People may be asked to perform field sobriety tests in dubious settings such as uneven piers after having spent several hours swimming or riding jet skis. Additionally, the combination of these activities with several hours in the sun can lead to a person displaying what appear to be symptoms of intoxication.
Oftentimes, people are stopped by officers who are checking operator’s licenses or ensuring there are life jackets on board. Several BWI arrests stem from boating accidents. Our firm understands that several aspects of the prosecution’s case can be exposed or weakened upon thorough investigation.
Skilled Representation Against Denton County DUIs
The lawyers at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defend people from all over Denton County against these charges. Our firm has a 91 percent success rate since 2002 on cases announced ready for trial.
Richard C. McConathy has handled thousands DWI cases in North Texas. An active member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, he is licensed to practice in all Texas courts and also handles state appeals.
Brian A. Bolton is a former Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office who trained police officers how to properly conduct DWI investigations. He is renowned in the legal community for his cross-examination and jury selection abilities.
The experience that our attorneys have on both sides of the aisle not only helps them anticipate what prosecutors will do, but also gives them a better understanding of exploiting the weaknesses in the state’s case against the people we represent. Our firm knows that every case is unique, and we craft legal defenses that are specifically tailored to the details of your situation.
Find A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denton
Have you been arrested for DWI anywhere in Denton County? You should not waste any time seeking the help of a proven criminal defense attorney.
Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defends the rights of people from all over the greater Lewisville area, including such nearby communities as Grapevine, Westlake, and Flower Mound. Richard C. McConathy and Brian A. Bolton will provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free legal consultation when you call 940-222-8004 today.