Carl David Ceder, The DFW Defender, is a hard-working, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney who will use every skill he has to get your DWI reduced to a lesser charge, dismissed completely, or have you found “Not Guilty” following a jury trial.  

The State of Texas has stiff penalties should you decide to plea to a conviction of a DWI. You should have an attorney who will consider all aspects of your particular DWI case to give you your best possible representation. Punishment for DWI includes fines and court costs, possible jail time, probation, community service, license suspensions, or a combination of any or all of these.  If you hold a CDL license, a conviction will mean the loss of your license.

If you want the very best possible outcome for you DWI charge, as well as someone who can effectively analyze your particular case helping weigh your options carefully, call The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC.  Carl will aggressively PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!  

Carl believes that every DWI case is worth fighting due to the severe penalties a conviction will bring. Considering that the DPS surcharge on a DWI conviction is a minimum of $1,000 per year for a three-year period  — $2,000 per year if your breath test was higher than .15 — you should think seriously about the pros and cons of trying your DWI to a jury. It is easy to plead guilty, but a fighter fights when the situation calls for it!

If convicted you will likely also have to take DWI and defensive driving classes, and be sentenced to community service, all of which are time-consuming and expensive.  Additionally, if convicted, your insurance rates will likely increase.  In some cases employees are terminated if convicted of a DWI, and even in the best case scenario may find you losing out on future job opportunities and/or promotions.  While no DWI case is a guaranteed winner, the reality is that no one receives a verdict of "Not Guilty" once they plead "Guilty."  Let Carl help you fight your DWI case with every ounce of knowledge and skill he possesses — it could make a huge difference for the rest of your life.

Penalties for DWI:

1st offense: A first-offense conviction includes a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or the possibility of serving jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspension of 90 (if you submit to a chemical test) to 180 days. 

2nd offense: The maximum fine increases to no more than $4,000 an/or jail from 30 days to one year, and a possible driver's license suspension ranging from 180 days to 2 years.

3rd offense: A possible fine up to $10,000 and/or 2 to 10 years of imprisonment, and suspension of your driver’s license ranging from 180 days up to 2 years.

Intoxication Assault: If convicted, a person may serve a minimum of 2 years up to a maximum of 10 years in jail. Additionally, you may be fined up to $10,000.

Intoxication Manslaughter: If convicted, a person could pay a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or be imprisoned from 2 to 20 years.

DWI with Child Passenger: A person can be charged with a state jail felony if they are convicted of a DWI while there is another person in the vehicle who is under 15 years of age.  Punishment for a non-enhanced state jail felony is by confinement in a state jail for a term of not more than 2 years or less than 180 days and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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Carl David Ceder is an experienced DWI & DUI Defense Attorney who practices all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including all of Dallas and Dallas County, Plano, McKinney and all of Collin County, Denton County, Fort Worth and all of Tarrant County, Rockwall County, Ellis County, Kaufman County, and all adjoining counties:

  • Dallas DWI Defense Attorney - Dallas, Highland Park, University Park, Addison, Cedar Hill, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Duncanville, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mesquite, Richardson, Seagoville, Wilmer, Wylie
  • Collin County DWI Defense Attorney - Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Carrollton, Celina, Dallas, Fairview, Garland, Lucas, Melissa, Murphy, Nevada, New Hope, Prosper, Richardson, St. Paul, Westminster, Weston, Wylie
  • Denton County DWI Defense Attorney - Dallas, Argyle, Aubrey, Bartonville, Carollton, Coppell, Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Hebron, Highland Village, Justin, Lake Dallas, Lakewood Village, Lewisville, Northlake, Plano, Prosper, Southlake, The Colony, Westlake
  • Tarrant County DWI Defense Attorney - Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Colleyville, Crowley, Euless, Everman, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Lakeside, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, River Oaks, Saginaw, Westlake
  • Rockwall County DWI Defense Attorney - Dallas, Fate, Heath, Mobile City, McLendon-Chisholm, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Wylie, Munson, Blackland
  • Kaufman County DWI Defense Attorney - Ables Springs, Combine, Cottonwood, Crandall, Dallas, Elmo, Forney, Grays Prairie, Kaufman, Kemp, Mabank, Mesquite, Oak Grove, Oak Ridge Poetry, Post Oak, Bend City, Rosser Scurry, Seagoville, Seven Points, Talty, Terrell
  • Ellis County DWI Defense Attorney - Bardwell, Cedar Hill, Ennis, Ferris, Grand Prairie, Glenn Heights, Mansfield, Maypearl, Midlothian, Ovilla, Pecan Hill, Red Oak, Waxahachie, Red Oak, Oak Leaf, Italy

Areas of Practice


Criminal Defense
  • All Criminal Defense Cases
  • Federal Charges
  • Juvenile Cases
  • Expunctions
  • Motions for Non-Disclosure
  • Motions to Revoke Probation
  • Federal Charges
  • Weapon Charges
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Failure to Identify
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglarly
  • Robbery
  • Murder
Personal Injury
  • All Personal Injury Claims
  • Car
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip & Fall Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Vehicle Defects
  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Day-Care Liability
  • Nurshing Home Negligence
  • All DWI Charges
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) 2nd or More
  • Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Occupational Driving Licenses
  • Administrative License Revocation Hearings (ALR's)
  • Driving While License Invalid
  • Public Intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
Drug Charges
  • All Drug Charges
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Felony Drug Charges
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Drug Manufacture/Sales
  • Trafficking
  • Importation
  • Cultivation
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription Drug Charges
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Manufacturing Equipment
Assault Charges
  • All Assault Charges
  • Assault Bodily Injury
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault & Family Violence
  • Protective Order Hearings
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
White Collar Crime
  • All White Collar Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Money Laundering
  • Insider Trading
  • Securities Trading
  • Misapplying Property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Racketeering
  • Tax Evasion
Sex Offenses
  • All Sexual Offenses
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Assault of a Child
  • Rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Lewd Conduct
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation of a Prostitute
  • Child Ponography
  • Solicitation of a Minor
Family Law
  • Divorces
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Modifications
  • Adoptions
  • Orders of Protection


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