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 unequivocally “Not Guilty” after 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.