Michael & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Amarillo, TX DWI / DUI Lawyer Who's in Your Corner

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Facing DWI Charges in Amarillo and Need Help?
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Have You Recently Been Charged with a DWI in Amarillo?

Due to the financial stress, hit to your reputation, and possible jail time, a DWI charge can be one of the most stressful times in your life.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are two names for the same thing. In Amarillo as well as throughout all of Texas, you can be charged with a DWI if you've been caught with 0.08% blood alcohol content or higher.

Due to the dangers posed by drunken driving, you'll find that the Moore County court system and even the state government treat DWI offenders like serious criminals. While they might not be your friends at this time, Michael & Associates will be. We've got you covered.

A DWI is Expensive and Can Put You in the Slammer

DWIs are actually one of the most common cases in Moore County including Amarillo. If you think that means you're going to get off with just a slap on the wrist, you're sadly mistaken.

Here are the penalties for DWI convictions in TX:

The 1st Offense: 

  • Possible $2000 fine
  • Between 3 and 180 days in jail
  • Suspension of your driver's license for up to a year

2nd Offense:

  • Possible $2000 fine
  • Between 1 and 12 months in jail
  • Suspension of your driver's license for up to two years

3rd+ Offense:

  • Possible $10,000 fine
  • Between 2 and 10 years in prison
  • Suspension of your driver's license for up to two years
  • A felony charge on your record

If you are caught with a minor in your car or broke any other laws in the process of getting the DWI, you will almost certainly face enhanced charges.

DWIs Are No Laughing Matter

There are penalties outside of the courtroom, too. You can face higher insurance rates and possibly lose your license. Not only that, but there's a social stigma - this is especially true after you get the felony charge on your third offense. You might find it hard to find gainful employment.

This is why you need the best defense in town. Find a lawyer who's worth their price tag and can guarantee your charges will be reduced or, even better, your case dismissed.

Michael & Associates Knows What to Do

Why do we sound so confident talking about ourselves? We're not arrogant, we just know what we're doing. We've been fighting DWIs all over the state for nearly a decade. That means we've fought hundreds of cases. We're no spring chickens in the courtroom.

On top of that, we have great reviews. Not only are we going to get your case dismissed or charges dropped in most situations (see our record of wins), we're going to treat you like a prince or princess.

Other firms in Amarillo will take your case, but they won't be there when you call them. They won't respond for days at a time. They'll almost certainly phone it in in the court room. They simply take on too many cases.

With us, you'll get access to Ben Michael (the Michael in our firm's name himself). He and the rest of the team will keep you informed on any changes to the case and make sure you feel taken care of the entire time.

If you want the best defense in town, go with Michael & Associates. For a free consultation and case review, fill out our contact form. We'll get started on your defense strategy right away.


If you've been charged with a DWI, you have 15 days before you lose your license. Fill out the form below and we'll be in touch in a few minutes.

Why we're the Right Amarillo DWI Lawyer for You




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Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney AVVO

Hundreds of Happy Clients

I contacted Michael and Associates when I was facing some serious charges. I was very nervous and didn't know what to expect. Ben Michael was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. He explained the legal process to me in terms that I could understand and made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who is facing criminal charges.

Jordan L

Recent DWI Cases

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, Third Offense

Allegations: Police pulled client over after seeing her run a red light near a popular, local bar. She had previously been charged with two DWIs. She failed the breathalyzer test and called her lawyer when she was taken into the police station.

Result: Case Dismissed Due to Illegally Obtained Evidence

Charges Reduced

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense

Allegations: Client was pulled over and refused both tests. The officer forced the client to take a breathalyzer test against his will.

Result: Case Dismissed

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving Under the Influence

Allegations: Client arrested after running a stop sign and failing a breathalyzer.

Result: Charges Pleaded Down to Reckless Driving

Frequently Asked Questions

About Michael & Associates

Here at Michael & Associates, we've focused on two things: winning cases and providing great service.

This means two things for our clients. The first is that we're going to go into the courtroom ready to kick butt and take names. We won't rest until you've either had your case thrown out or your charges have been reduced. The second is that you're going to feel like royalty while we fight for you.

You'll have access to our managing partner, Ben Michael, himself. You get his personal cell phone number when you work with us, and you're free to text him your questions at any time, day or night, weekend or not. He became a lawyer to fight for people, and he's got your back throughout the whole process.

Ben will walk you through each step of the way. He knows that fighting a DWI can be one of the most stressful events in a person's life whether it's due to the financial factor, the hit to one's reputation, the possible jail time, or all three. He's here to ease your mind and let you relax while we take care of the rest.

If you go to another firm in the Yellow City of Amarillo, you're going to find this to be true: you'll pay less upfront, but the results you get on your court date will cost you more in the long run. No other firm in town can handle cases the way we can; we take only the amount of cases we can handle with our full effort while the other guys will take anyone and everyone to get a bigger payoff. You're not just a number to us.

Michael & Associates will fight for Amarilloans in most felony and misdemeanor cases, including the following:

  • DUI / DWI
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Assault & Battery
  • Family Violence
  • Domestic Abuse

We do not take cases in these areas:

  • Traffic Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Civil Law

Driving While Intoxicated in Amarillo

Throughout all of Texas, including Amarillo and Moore County, the legal limit is 0.08% for blood alcohol content (BAC). This means that your blood cannot be composed of 0.08% or higher otherwise you'll be possibly charged with a DWI if you're pulled over.

Before you ask, the answer is no. There is no life hack, pro-tip, or cheat code for partying it up and being immune from a DWI. Even your uncle who can handle vodka better than anyone you know cannot drive if his BAC is 0.08% or higher. If you're unsure of whether you're at the legal limit or not, don't drive.

The penalties for DWIs in Amarillo vary greatly on the circumstances and the amount of previous offenses you have. For a list of possible penalties, see below.

Your First Offense

  • Up to a $2,000 fine
  • You will receive three mandatory days in jail with the possibility of 180 days total
  • Loss of driver's license for up to a year

Your Second Offense

  • Up to a $4,000 fine
  • One month to a year in jail
  • Loss of driver's license for up to two years

Your Third Offense

  • A $10,000 fine
  • Two to ten years in prison
  • Loss of driver's license up to two years

Due to the dangerous nature of driving drunk, harsh penalties can apply if caught driving with a child passenger, which include:

  • Additional fines up to $10,000
  • Up to two years in jail
  • Additional 180 days of driver's license suspension

If you've been pulled over and accused of driving while intoxicated, it's not the end of the world. There are a few steps you can do to ensure you have the best fighting chance if the case goes to court.

The best thing you can do throughout the entire process is remain polite and cooperative while still knowing your rights. Some police officers will be easier to get along with than others, but even if you're dealing with a rude officer, be on your best behavior - you're likely being recorded and this will come into play on your court date.

Being polite doesn't mean incriminating yourself, though. You have the right to refuse some of the tests mentioned in this section, and you should always exercise your right to remain silent. Only answer what is absolutely necessary - never hurt your chances by tattling on yourself.

When pulling over, pick a location that's safe. Don't make the police wait too long before you do, but don't drive recklessly.

After pulling over, they will almost certainly ask you for the three main documents they need to see: your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Inform them of the location, then slowly pull them out from your glove compartment or any other storage space.

Once they have looked at your documents, you'll likely be hit with the classic question "do you know why I pulled you over?" You might know, but you shouldn't tell them. The more evidence you give to the police of your knowingly breaking the law, the more likely you are to face harsher penalties if the case goes to court. Just reply with "no, ma'am" or "no, sir."

If they suspect you of driving while drunk, they will try to administer their first sets of tests at this point. You have the right to refuse both the field sobriety test and breathalyzer. If you haven't drank anything the whole night, you can take the tests and be done with the stop - if you're not 100% sure you're going to pass, though, politely refuse them. Inform the officer that you'd prefer to speak with your attorney before taking any tests.

At this point, it's possible you'll be let go. It's also possible that you will be arrested if you seem obviously impaired. When you're taken to the police station, you are likely to be asked to take a blood or breathalyzer test. This is when things start to get a little tricky as you can still refuse them, but doing so will result in a suspension of your license in some cases yet failing them yields the same result. No matter what your choice is, your lawyer will fight for you.

If they haven't been able to establish your BAC yet, one of the officers at the station may try to get a warrant. This takes some time, so it can help your case if you're close to the legal limit. If you are served with a warrant, you cannot refuse and must take the test.

As soon as you're able to, contact your lawyer. He or she will give you guidance on what to do to fight any charges.

To put it simply: yes. Always fight your DWI charge. Even if you feel like what you did was wrong, you shouldn't have to suffer the full strength of the law. Get yourself a good lawyer and protect yourself.

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