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Austin DWI Lawyers

Representation for Drunk Driving Charges in Texas

Have you been accused of drunk driving? If so, you do not have to face these charges alone! Our Austin DWI attorneys at Smith & Vinson Law Firm are here to protect your rights, your freedom, and your driver’s license. Representing clients across Austin, we have a unique understanding of both sides of DWI proceedings, as one of our partners is a former prosecutor. We use this knowledge to benefit our clients as we fight to protect their interests.

DWI defense counsel is the primary focus of our practice. A conviction for driving while intoxicated can have many consequences, some of which are not immediately apparent. If you want the best opportunity at avoiding a DWI conviction and these serious penalties, you need to put a strong attorney on your side.

Contact our DWI lawyer in Austin from Smith & Vinson Law Firm today for a FREE consultation!

Requesting Administrative Hearing in TX

Please note that you have only 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing regarding your driver’s license. Your license will be automatically suspended if you do not request this hearing!

DWI Conviction Lasts Forever

A conviction for DWI can have life-long consequences. Texas has some of the toughest DWI laws in the nation. For example, you will never be able to seal your record. A DWI conviction will make it much more difficult to get into college, the military or find a decent paying job. Further, a conviction for DWI could, and likely will, include many fines, fees, probation conditions, jail time, increased insurance costs and driver’s license suspensions.

DWI Punishments in Texas

In Texas, a first offense DWI is usually a class B misdemeanor. This is punishable with a fine up to $2000 and/or up to 180 days in the county jail. There is no deferred adjudication in Texas for DWI. Also, if you accept any form of probation, this is a criminal conviction.

A second offense DWI is usually a class A misdemeanor. This is punishable with a fine up to $4000 and/or up to a year in the county jail.

A third offense DWI can be charged as a third-degree felony. This would be punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and/or 2 to 10 years in prison.

Exercise Your Constitutional Rights

It is important for you to know your rights. Unfortunately, many people are not fully informed on what their rights are when pulled over for DWI. You can and should:

  • Refuse ALL tests.
  • Refuse the standardized field sobriety tests (SFST’s).
  • Refuse the breath test.
  • Refuse to give blood.
  • Force the police to get a warrant and draw your blood.
  • Be polite to the officer but refuse to answer their questions.

When refusing the officer’s questions, we advise our clients to say, “Officer, I have done nothing wrong and I would like to refuse all tests.”

Representing Drivers Facing DWI Charges in Austin, TX

Smith & Vinson Law Firm fights for the rights of drivers across the Austin area who have been arrested for driving while intoxicated. Remember, the police may only need probable cause to arrest you for DWI, but the prosecutor will need to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction. Our Austin DWI lawyers can build a strong defense against even the most seemingly “open-and-shut” case, challenging evidence and the arresting officer’s testimony to protect your interests.

We may be able to weaken the prosecuting attorney’s case by:

  • Questioning the administration and grading of field sobriety tests.
  • Challenging the reliability of a breath test or blood test.
  • Challenging the validity of the initial police stop.
  • Uncovering a violation of your constitutional rights.

Well-Versed in DWI Law

If you have been arrested for DWI, you need a defense team that understands the science of breath and blood testing. You need a defense team that understands the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. If you don’t have a lawyer familiar with the specifics of DWI law, then you are at a serious disadvantage.

Austin DWI attorneys Jarrod Smith ​​​​​​and Brad Vinson are certified in SFST’s. We have been through extensive training including the same course the arresting officer went through. We write articles on DWI law. We tour the Austin and DPS crime labs to better understand the problems of DWI blood testing.

Contact our Austin DWI attorneys at (512) 359-3743 for the powerful DWI defense counsel you need.

Our Clients Are Our Biggest Endorsers
Hear What They Have to Say

  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

  • Exceptionally versed in the intricacies of Texas criminal law

    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”

    Michael

  • Professional and effective attorney

    “Brad was extremely professional throughout the entire process. He was direct and prompt in responding to my inquiries and I felt at ease knowing he was taking care of my case. I will definitely use Brad and his firm in the future and highly recommend them if you need an excellent defense attorney! Thanks Brad!”

    Andi

  • The absolute A-Team for DWI Defense. Period!

    “The absolute A-Team for DWI Defense. Period! When life-changing events occur, look no further. With brilliance and driven motivation, Brad and his team with see your case through with honesty and integrity.. trust me, I have first-hand knowledge. From day one I was treated with dignity and respect. We agreed to take my case to trial. NOT GUILTY!!!! If you’re on the ropes about considering to hire Smith & Vinson Law Firm please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally! I’m their biggest fan!!!"”

    John

  • Top Notch Lawyers

    “I want to start off by saying Smith and Vinson Law Firm is top notch lawyers. I had a case that the DA and prosecutor was very stern about their decision and not letting up on my charges. My lawyer Matt Watkins treated my case as if he was on trial himself. He went in and fought until we won the battle. Matt Watkins spent countless hours working and reviewing my case and ensuring that my case was dismissed. I was highly satisfied on how Matt showed a passion for my case and handled it aggressively and professionally. I just want to thank this law firm one last time for handling business when it came down to crunch time. I want to also recognize Jarrod Smith for overseeing my case and giving me words of encouragement and showing 130% competence and confidence, while doing so. I will recommend this law firm to anyone that is in need of the legal issues that this firm specialize in. THANKS ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!”

    Arion

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