Attorney and Counselor at Law
Tel 972.547.9999 Fax 972.867.8691
1400 Gables Court Plano Texas 75075
Cyndi M. Nahas
What should I expect after an arrest for DWI?
Most likely you were stopped for a traffic violation and the officer questioned you until he believed there was enough “evidence” to conduct an investigation for DWI. After joining the officer along the roadside he asked you to perform field sobriety tests and determined that there was enough evidence to arrest you for DWI. You never thought this would happen. Now what?
If you find yourself in this intimidating situation, you need answers and personal attention. Our initial consultation will leave you with a full understanding of the legal process and all possible consequences for a DWI charge, so you know exactly what to expect. Find relief in knowing that you have an experienced attorney working for YOU.
DWI is a crime based largely on an opinion of the officer. Due to this fact and the various potential consequences to your liberty, finances, driver’s license, and criminal record, I strongly advise hiring an attorney to represent and defend this charge. A DWI charge requires a lawyer with technical and scientific knowledge to defend against breath and blood testing. You need an attorney who has experience with ALR hearings and who can help maintain your driving privilege. You need someone who can handle every aspect of a DWI case. You need a DWI Defense Lawyer.
What is the next step in the legal process for a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge?
The Filing of Your DWI Case
DWI cases usually are filed within a few months of the arrest. Your case will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office. Until then think of your “case” as a file sitting with the police agency. The District Attorney, the court, and even your attorney will not have the information in the report until the case is filed and accepted by the District Attorney. Once it is accepted and assigned to a court it will then be placed on the court’s docket. A “docket” is a fancy word that means the court’s calendar. Don’t let the letter you receive informing you of your first court date worry you.
Your First DWI Court Date
On this date you will not have a trial or go before the judge. Your court date is a formal way of making an “appointment” for the prosecutor to meet with the defense attorney and for you to check in with the court. You probably aren’t planning on running away, but most courts require you to appear in court. Your court date provides us with the opportunity to have an initial discussion with the prosecutor about your case. We will obtain a copy of the police report and in-car videos which usually show the traffic stop and the field sobriety testing, as well as the administration of a breath or blood test.
DWI Case Evaluation
You may have a few court dates while we gather other information or investigate your case. Once I have the information I need to make a recommendation on your case, we will meet and review all of the evidence together. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not you would like a jury trial. I will simply give you my professional opinion.