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Choose Phillip A. Linder as Your DUI Lawyer in Texas
When you get a DUI/DWI, it’s crucial to have experience on your side. Attorneys have different specialties, credentials, and experience, and that time spent in local courts is a huge factor. Phillip Linder has over 25 years of experience in the courts of Texas and can significantly increase your chances of a favorable verdict. Discover more about DUI’s, the penalties, and why you should trust Phillip Linder with your defense strategy.
Find the Answers to Your DUI Questions
The more you understand about DUI/DWI, the better prepared you’ll be for your court date. Choose the section that best answers your questions, and learn more about the details involved with DUI/DWI cases.
Understanding DUI and DWI
While it can be confusing to tell the difference between DUI and DWI, it’s crucial to know that they refer to being caught behind the wheel while suspected of being inebriated. DWI is actually a more severe level of the exact same crime.
– DUI: Driving Under the Influence
– DWI: Driving While Intoxicated
Different states have their own unique laws and details regarding DUI and DWI. Penalties for both cases may involve jail time, fines, and the offender may lose their license.
Is the DUI the Same as a DWI
With similar sounding acronyms and representing the same crime, it’s no wonder that people often get DUI and DWI confused. The words “under the influence” and “while intoxicated” can cause people to associate drugs or alcohol with each charge, but the reality is that neither is specific to one substance. DUIs are simply a lesser charge than DWIs.
The Zero Tolerance Policy of Texas
Texas is among the states that use a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to DUI/DWI cases. This applies primarily to minors and means that if anyone under 21 has even a trace of alcohol in their system, they’ll be held accountable for a DWI. This charge is known as DUIA or driving under the influence of alcohol as a minor.
Can a DUI Be Lowered to a Lesser Charge?
The charge below a DUI is called “Obstruction of a Roadway,” and it carries penalties that are far less severe. In some cases, defendants may have their charges reduced, and dealing with an obstruction of a roadway charge is a major improvement over a DUI or DWI.
DUI Penalties in Texas
Penalties for a DUI in Texas depend heavily on whether it was your first or a repeated offense. Beyond that, other factors that affect your case include whether anyone was injured, property damage, and how the interaction with police transpired. Texas laws are tougher on DUIs than most other states. The chart below summarizes the penalties DUI offenders face for their first, second, and third offense in Texas:
Possible DUI Defenses
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, FIGHT IT! You may be surprised at the options available to you, especially if you hire an experienced drug lawyer who knows the field, like Phillip Linder. With the right defensive strategy, you stand a chance of regaining your freedom after being charged with a DUI or DWI. Here are some of the ways Phillip Linder can defend your DUI charge:
– Dispute the validity of the sobriety test
– Question the accuracy of the BAC test
– Challenge the reason you were stopped
These are just a few of the potential strategies that can be used to reduce or clear your charges. Phillip Linder is an experienced lawyer who may employ one or more of those strategies if it strengthens your case.
Phillip Linder Has the Experience to Fight For You
With over 25 years of experience representing clients in the courts of Texas, Phillip Linder can provide the guidance you need to successfully fight your DUI/DWI charges. These charges can impact your ability to drive legally and can lead to prison time, so you’ll need an attorney you can trust. Contact the Law Office of Phillip Linder today to find out how he can help you earn a favorable verdict in your case.