Reckless Driving and DWI in Dallas
Everyone has lapses in judgment from time to time, and one such mistake is deciding to drive while intoxicated. The attorneys at the Wilder DWI Defense Firm understand that everyone makes mistakes, and they know that being charged with DWI can be devastating to you and your loved ones. What you may not know is that there are some circumstances in which it is possible to have a charge of DWI reduced to a charge of reckless driving, thereby avoiding the harsh penalties that accompany a Texas DWI conviction.
What are the Penalties if You are Convicted of DWI in Dallas?
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving in Dallas is .08%. If you are driving a commercial vehicle, the legal BAC is .04%. If you are driving under the age of 21 and are given a breathalyzer test, any detectable alcohol is criminal.
The penalties if you are convicted of DWI in Texas are severe. If you initially refuse a blood or breath test, you automatically lose your license for 180 days. If you are convicted of DWI and it is your first offense, you face a fine up to $2,000, a jail sentence between 3-180 days, community service, and loss of your license for up to a year.
In addition to all of the above, a DWI will generally stay on your criminal record forever, and for a minimum of ten years. This can affect future employment, especially if you drive for a living, and result in higher insurance rates for an extremely long time. All of this is a tremendous burden on you and your family. The DWI trial attorneys at the Wilder DWI Defense Firm are experienced in helping clients get DWI charges resolved with either an acquittal, a dismissal, or in some circumstances, by having the charges reduced to reckless driving charges.
When Can a DWI Charge be Reduced to a Reckless Driving Charge?
Texas has a statute that bars plea bargain convictions for what is referred to as “wet reckless” or reckless driving involving alcohol. However, DWI charges can sometimes be reduced. It is not easy to get DWI charges reduced to reckless driving charges, and the stronger the evidence against you, the less likely your charge is to be reduced. However, in some situations, a Dallas prosecutor will consider reducing the charge of DWI to reckless driving. In general, if you have no criminal record and this is your first DWI arrest and charge, and especially if there are any questions surrounding the legality of the stop, you may be a candidate for reduction. If you are convicted of reckless driving, it is a misdemeanor traffic conviction with a fine of $200.
Can the Lawyers at the Wilder DWI Defense Firm Help You?
Having charges reduced from DWI to reckless driving is an ideal resolution (outside of a dismissal of charges). The penalties pale in comparison to a DWI conviction, and you do not have the future consequences associated with DWI convictions. Call or email the Wilder DWI Defense firm today for a complimentary consultation and let us explore whether or not we can help get your DWI charges reduced.
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