As a former Tarrant County District Attorney, I gained valuable experience I now use to help my clients deal with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges in the Arlington area. I fight hard to defend those who are charged with a DWI because these offenses seriously impact you and your family’s future.
I have represented people from all areas of life including teachers, pastors, lawyers, doctors, and pilots for the offense of DWI. It is a crime where genuinely good people often find themselves in the criminal justice system. As a result, their futures are impacted greatly.
It is important to remember that being charged with a DWI does not mean you are a bad person. It really only means that one officer felt like you may be intoxicated based on what he was observing – usually after performing Field Sobriety Evaluations(FSE). There are many reasons why a person may not perform perfectly on the FSE’s. FSE’s are standardized field sobriety tests that officers usually ask a person suspected of DWI to perform. They are divided attention tests, designed to test a person’s mental and physical faculties. Their reliability, however, is very suspect. If you have been drinking, the officer will attribute any mistakes to intoxication. Certainly, that might be the case, but it’s also entirely possible the person could be tired, nervous, scared, not to mention the tests are very difficult to perform perfectly.
While drinking and then driving a car might not be a good idea, it is entirely legal if you are 21 years of age or older as long as you do not lose your mental or physical faculties, or have a blood alcohol level above .08 at the time of driving. If you do choose to drink and then drive you may find yourself having to perform FSE’s without blemish to keep from being arrested. Understand that in the field the officer is making a relatively quick decision based on probable cause on whether or not to arrest you and take you off the road. However, before you can be found guilty and convicted of the crime a jury must decide unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the offense. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the highest standard of proof in our criminal justice system.
I have been a criminal defense lawyer for over 16 years and I am a member of the National College for DUI Defense. It is my duty as a criminal defense lawyer to be up to date on the latest technology and defense strategies. I strive to stay as knowledgeable as possible in the area of DWI offenses, and work hard to obtain the best result for my client.
Additional types of DWI/DUI cases:
- Driving Under the Influence as a Minor (DUI)
- DWI – Misdemeanor Repetition
- DWI above .15
- DWI – Felony
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Intoxicated Assault
If you have been arrested for DWI or any other criminal offense in Arlington, please call me immediately to discuss your defense and how to proceed. I will defend your rights against the DWI charge as well as represent you at the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing.
Call (817) 284-2263 or (817) 307-0679 (Cell). If I am not available, my office will make sure someone speaks to you as soon as possible. I want to be available to my clients when they need me so please do not hesitate to call.
Law Office of Stephen Handy
DWI Lawyer – Arlington, Texas