What Happens at a DWI Court Appearance

Your first court appearance, generally speaking, will be where a judge asks you if you understand the charges against you and sets a date for the next hearing. If you have a lawyer with you at this point, your lawyer can work with the judge to set the schedule and, in serious cases, ask the judge for release from jail prior to trial. We know a DWI court appearance can be intimidating. Most people charged with drunk driving have never been in trouble with the law before. That’s why having an experienced litigator on your side is such a powerful resource.

If you've been arrested, contact an attorney right away—call Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP at (214) 301-5007.

Dallas DWI Attorneys Defending You at Court Hearings

The court hearing is just one stage of the Texas DWI process. Generally speaking, a DWI case can end at any stage. If you're wondering how to win a DWI case, the truth is it can be "won" at any stage of the process:

  • First, there's a dismissal. If the evidence isn't sufficient or the government's case against you is flawed, your attorney can get the charges dismissed.
  • Second, there's the plea bargain. Whether or not you decide to accept the terms and conditions of a plea depends on the case. Plea deals often involve probation.
  • And third, there's trial, where you work to get a jury to acquit you of the charges.
  • Finally, there's sentencing, where the judge imposes the consequences of a conviction.

There's also the separate administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing about your driver's license, which could be suspended for a period of time. The cost of a DWI—even the attorney fees—all depend on the nature of your case. First-offense misdemeanor DWI is different from felony DWI with intoxication manslaughter.

Why Hire Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP?

The possible penalties and fines for a DWI conviction—and even a plea deal involving probation—can be extensive. From the time of your first DWI court appearance to the end of your case, a lawyer can work for the best possible sentence alternatives, if not an outright acquittal or dismissal. Work with our firm. Our Dallas DWI lawyers have resolved hundreds of trial cases due to our knowledge of the law, our aggressive approach, and our diligent investigation. Contact us for a true ally who will hear your story and present it to the court with precision, skill, and integrity.

Call (214) 301-5007 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.

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