Reducing a DWI charge from an alcohol-related offense to a less severe offense such as reckless driving or obstruction of traffic is possible; however, it will require the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
By working with a defense attorney, you are working with a professional with years of experience defending clients against these charges, and finding alternatives to traditional DWI penalties. A proper attorney can work towards a plea bargain to reduce your charges and give reduce the chances of jail time.
At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, our experienced defense attorneys have countless hours of courtroom experience, and can work towards achieving a positive outcome in your case. With years of experience as criminal defense attorneys, our legal team has an extensive knowledge of Texas law, and can work with you to ensure your rights.
If you live in Denton, Argyle, Carrollton, Roanoke, Sanger, or Lewisville, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today at 940-222-8004 and schedule a no-obligation consultation. This firm also accepts clients in Collin County, Denton County, Tarrant County, Grayson County, Wise County, Cooke County, and Dallas County.
If the prosecution stumbles upon information that may make their case more difficult to prove, they will be more likely to offer a plea bargain for a lesser charge. Some instances where proving guilt may be difficult for a prosecutor include circumstances where the arresting law enforcement officer has a bad history of disciplinary issues.
Additionally, where a law enforcement officer’s credibility is called into question, such as when there is conflicting video surveillance, a prosecutor may have a more difficult time proving guilt. A law enforcement officer’s credibility can make all the difference in a prosecutor’s case.
Furthermore, if blood alcohol content testing equipment may be unreliable, the prosecution may also choose to reduce the charges. Due to human error and equipment malfunctions, blood test equipment may serve as a barrier to a simple conviction.
In the event that DWI charges are reduced to a lesser offense, this can mean less severe penalties. For example, a reckless driving offense carries less severe penalties than a DWI charge. Reckless driving carries penalties of up to thirty (30) days in jail and/or a maximum of $200 in fines.
Driving while intoxicated carries a much more severe penalty of up to $2,000 in fines and a maximum of 180 days in jail. It can also lead to a maximum of one year license suspension, a mandatory ignition interlock device on your car, DWI school, and/or community service requirements.
Traffic Safety Concerns- Visit the Community Concern page of the Denton Police Department Website for more information on traffic safety in Denton and how to report these issues. This website provides information on reporting crimes throughout the city. Also, find forms to report suspicious activity.
If you were charged with DWI in Denton, Texas, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at 940-222-8004 for a free consultation with a Collin County criminal defense attorney. Also serving clients in Lewisville, Argyle, Carrollton, Roanoke, and Sanger, Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy is prepared to work with you towards a reduction or complete dismissal of charges.
If you live in the neighboring counties of Dallas County, Denton County, Tarrant County, Grayson County, Wise County, or Cooke County, call today to get started on your defense.
This article was last updated on December 29, 2016.
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