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How Texas DUI & DWI Cases Work

Updated: May 26, 2024 @ 1:34 am

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If you’re facing criminal charges related to driving under the influence (DUI or DWI) in Angleton or elsewhere in Greater Houston, there’s a few things you should know about the legal process.

The road from the initial DWI/DUI arrest to resolution can be complex, and, in some cases, lengthy. The process can be influenced by various factors associated with the incident. Examples of some factors include a car accident, the presence of a child passenger, or injuries caused as a result of driving while intoxicated.

Regardless of your situation, you can rely on our law firm to give you the best advice and legal representation to ensure the best possible outcome for your situation. If you have questions or need to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer in Angleton, call Sandra Oballe today at 979-265-6800.

If you have criminal charges in Harris County or elsewhere in Greater Houston, call us at 713-524-6656 to schedule your free consultation. Need to lawyer to stand by your side and fight for you? Call us.

The Initial Arrest


In Texas, sheriff’s deputies and police officers have the authority to stop vehicles if they have reasonable suspicion to believe that a driver is exhibiting signs of drunk or impaired driving.

Upon stopping a vehicle, officers may conduct field sobriety tests to assess the driver’s level of intoxication.

Remember, you have rights during a DUI stop. You have the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation. Asserting your rights during this phase can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Legal Consequences of  Texas DUI & DWI Convictions

In Texas, a conviction for DWI can carry significant legal consequences.

The state of Texas is vigilant with regard to prosecuting DUI offenders. If you’re convicted of drunk driving or “impaired driving” the penalties range from fines and license suspension to imprisonment. The penalties are particularly tough for repeat offenders or those involved in accidents resulting in injury or death.

Under Texas law, the criminal classification of DUI & DWI offenses is based on factors such as blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and whether there are prior DWI convictions. The criminal classification of your charge can influence the severity of penalties imposed upon conviction.

For example, a person arrested for a first offense DWI will be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if the person has two previous convictions or hurt someone as a result of drunk driving, felony charges will apply.

Defense Strategies

Leveraging Your Constitutional Rights

If you’re interested in fighting DUI charges, it’s best to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side. Attorney Sandra J. Oballe brings years of experience as a winning defense lawyer to your team.

Since 2003, Attorney Oballe has been instrumental in helping people beat criminal charges in Angleton and throughout Greater Houston. She has a deep understanding of Texas law and how to apply it to her clients’ defense.

If it’s possible to get your case dismissed, we’ll find out as we move through the process.

One of the main aspects of fighting drunk driving charges is examining the circumstances of the arrest. Our main goal is to ensure that law enforcement officers adhered to constitutional guidelines regarding search and seizure during their encounter with you. Any violation of your constitutional rights could lead to suppression of evidence or dismissal of charges.

Facing DWI or DUI Charges in Angleton?

Talk with Attorney Sandra Oballe Today!

The Law Offices of Sandra J. Oballe employs a strategic approach tailored to each client’s unique situation. This may involve challenging the reliability of chemical test results, questioning the validity of field sobriety tests, or negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options.

Again, if you have questions, give us a call 24/7.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today! Call us at 979-265-6800 or 713-524-6656.

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