League City DWI Attorneys
Helping Our Clients Fight Drunk Driving Charges
If you or a loved one are convicted of a DWI offense, you can face serious criminal consequences as well as financial penalties, such as increased car insurance rates and hefty fines. You may also suffer socially as a DWI conviction can affect your reputation.
At Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC, our League City DWI attorneys understand how scary being arrested and facing criminal charges can be. As former prosecutors, we also understand how the other side thinks and operates, which positions us to uniquely help clients develop a solid defense against such charges. We not only comprehend the legalities of the case but also have a grasp on the scientific and technical aspects of DWI cases, including how breath tests, blood tests, and field sobriety tests work.
If you have been arrested or charged with a DWI, you need a competent and reliable attorney. Our firm has a stellar track record and is nationally recognized for our dedication to excellence, proven results, and competence, and don’t just take our word for it—review our client testimonials and case results.
Facing driving while intoxicated charges? Contact our League City DWI attorneys online or at (409) 204-5566.
Does a DWI Conviction Affect My Insurance?
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, your car insurance rates can increase by about 54%. However, the exact amount of increase you can expect will be dependent on your insurer’s policies, which you can review. The conviction will remain on your driving record, and car insurance companies typically review the policyholder’s driving record when they are renewing your policy or after you apply for a policy. Thus, whether you inform them about the conviction, they can discover the conviction on your record.
How Much Does a DWI Cost in Texas?
In addition to having your annual auto insurance premium increase, a DWI conviction in Texas can cost you in other ways financially. You may also have to cover the following costs.
- Alcohol and/or drug education program fees. An alcohol education program costs about $125 to register. To have your license reinstated, you must complete a 12-hour course.
- Alcohol monitoring system installation and maintenance. Once your license is reinstated, you may be required to submit to alcohol monitoring or have an ignition interlock device may be installed on your steering wheel. This can cost up to $250 each month.
- Bail bond. During your bail bond hearing, a judge will set the bond amount, which can range from $500-$10,000.
- Court processing fees. If you plead guilty or are given a guilty verdict, the court will charge you for the costs they incurred while processing your case, which can cost up to $400.
- Hefty fines. If you are convicted of a first-time DWI offense, you can be fined up to $2,000. For second-time offenses, you can be fined up to $4,000, and for third-time offenses, you can be fined up to $10,000.
- Occupational license fees. If your license or suspended or revoked and you still need to drive to work or school, you can apply for an essential need license, which costs $10 per year.
- Probation costs. While on probation, you may be required to pay $60 per month in the supervision fee.
- Towing and impound costs. After your arrest, the police may take your car into custody. The cost for towing your vehicle is typically between $25 and $450, and you can be charged approximately $20 each day that your car is in the impound.
What to Do After Being Pulled Over for a DWI in League City
While it can be scary getting pulled over, try to remain calm and follow these steps.
- Find a safe place to pull over. After noticing the police sirens behind you, pull over slowly once it is safe. You shouldn’t stop suddenly or act erratically, because the police officer may make a note of this behavior in their report, which can be used as evidence against you later.
- Avoid making sudden movements. The officer will approach your vehicle from behind. Before they approach, roll down your window and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Once they arrive at your vehicle, do not make sudden movements that can startle them, and tell them what you are doing if you make a movement. For example, when reaching for your license, say, “I am reaching to the passenger seat for my purse or wallet that has my ID.”
- Remember you are being recorded. What you do and say is being recorded so be mindful of your behavior as this recording can be used against you in court.
- Do not lie. If an officer asks for your licenses or insurance, you legally must provide them with this information. However, you can politely refuse to answer questions that may incriminate you.
- Refuse to submit to a field sobriety or breathalyzer test. If you are asked to submit to a field sobriety or breathalyzer test, politely refuse.
- Refuse to submit to breath and blood tests. After your arrest, you may be asked to take a breath or blood test. However, you are not required to submit to this testing, and the result can be used against you.
- Record the details of your arrest. You should try to remember and write down what you remember about your arrest—everything from being pulled over to your detainment. Details concerning where you were going, if you consumed alcohol or drugs, what the office said and did, and if you were Mirandized can be important in building a solid defense strategy.
- Contact our experienced attorneys. After a DWI arrest, you should retain reliable legal counsel, specifically our attorneys. We can advise you of your legal options, help you understand if the charges are accurate and if you were treated justly, and develop an individualized defense strategy for your case.
Aggressive & Personalized DWI Defense in League City
If you need a League City area DWI attorney, look no further than the team at Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC. Our attorneys have over 70 years of collective experience and have helped clients achieve favorable results in thousands of cases. We are dedicated to using our experience as former prosecutors and intimate knowledge of the law to fight for our clients and protect their rights, freedoms, and reputation.
To schedule an initial consultation, contact our firm online or via phone (409) 204-5566.
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