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Austin, Texas 78701
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Austin DWI Lawyers


In fact, simply giving up and taking a plea bargain to a DWI conviction results in costly and painful consequences later on:

  1. A first offense is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail, up to a $2000 fine, or both. Keep in mind that final convictions NEVER go away.
  2. An arrest for DWI triggers a driver's license suspension from the DPS, called an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). A first offense with a breath test of .08 or over results in a 90-day suspension, whereas a breath test refusal warrants a suspension of 180 days.
  3. If you are convicted, your insurance will find out, and you will be paying through the nose as a high-risk driver, or worse yet, dropped.
  4. In addition to the ALR suspension, if you are convicted, the DPS will issue you a surcharge for the privilege of keeping your license. It lasts for 3 years, and begins at $1000/year for a first offense if you submitted a breath sample. If you refused, or are a repeat offender, you can expect to pay $1500/year. Even worse, if you gave a breath or blood sample that was .16 or over (twice the legal limit), you will be charged $2000/year.


The most important aspect of any criminal case, DWI charges included, is to realize that just because you were arrested does not mean that you are guilty of a criminal charge.  This is the time to take a look at Austin DWI Lawyers to minimize the damage, and protect your reputation and license. There is one set of rules for a DWI arrest at the roadside, and another set of rules in court to determine guilt or innocence of the DWI charge. It can make all the difference:

-An officer needs only PROBABLE CAUSE to arrest you for a DWI;

-A jury must be convinced BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT that you
are guilty in order to convict you. Even further, they must agree UNANIMOUSLY.


Austin DWI Lawyers

It's easy to see that there is a huge difference between the two standards, which leaves a lot of room for discussion at trial.  Every person who is arrested brings a unique set of characteristics to the table, many of which may make them appear less coordinated or able to communicate than others.  The Austin DWI lawyers at Tillman Braniff review all the circumstances around your DWI arrest, and ensure that you are treated as an individual, not just another suspect.

From the moment the police cruiser's lights come on, the camera is on YOU. If your appearance is reasonable, the video of the stop can be the best evidence on your behalf. Many cases rest solely on how the suspect looks on videotape, answering questions and performing field sobriety tests. The best policy is to identify yourself, and then politely refuse to answer questions or submit to any tests or searches until you can speak to your lawyer. You may be taken to jail, but there will be little on video that can be used to convict you.

If you have already been arrested for DWI, please call our office to speak with Austin DWI Lawyers, Brian Tillman or Rhett Braniff. Also contact us if you have a friend or loved one in jail and need an Austin jail release. There are many ways to fight DWI charges, and we will be happy to schedule a free consultation to review your case.  A DWI conviction can mean loss of a job or future jobs, higher car insurance, DPS license surcharges, and most importantly, a conviction that never goes away.  Call us at (512) 236 0505 to see how we can help fight your DWI charge.