Michael & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Austin, TX DWI / DUI Lawyer that Cares

Charged with driving while intoxicated?  Michael & Associates has been fighting DWIs in Austin for years.

A DWI in Austin Can Cost You Big Time.
We're here to help.

Charged with a DWI in Austin?

Being charged with a DWI can be one of the most stressful things that you go through.

Defined as driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of above 0.08, driving while intoxicated is one of the more common crimes around Austin.

Unfortunately, the government of Texas and the Travis County court system does not look friendly upon DWI violators.  That's why Michael & Associates exists.

A DWI Can Cost You Fines and Land You In Jail

You may think because DWI is so common here in Austin that the penalties aren't so stiff.  

Think again.

Here are the penalties for DWI convictions:

1st Offense: 

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

2nd Offense:

  • Up to a $2000 fine
  • Between 1 and 12 months in jail
  • Loss of driver's license for up to two years

3rd+ Offense:

  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • Between 2 and 10 years in prison
  • Loss of driver's license for up to two years
  • A Felony on your record

And that doesn't even include various enhanced charges, such as driving with a child onboard.

Don't Risk Your Future For One Mistake

In addition to the criminal penalties, a DWI can cause loss of license, make it tougher to find a job, and raise your insurance rates.  

It's no laughing matter, and you owe it to yourself to get the best defense possible.

If you've been faced with a DWI, don't go at it alone.  Make sure you hire yourself a competent, experienced attorney that will give your case the attention it deserves.

Michael & Associates Has Your Back

Here at Michael & Associates, we've been fighting DWI cases for nearly a decade. 

We've fought literally hundreds of DWI cases in and around Austin, and gotten a majority of them dismissed or reduced.

Our goal is to provide high-touch, white-glove DWI defense.  We treat each case individually, and fight as hard as possible to get you the best possible outcome.

Unlike many larger, cheaper firms, we don't treat you like a number.  You get full access to Ben Michael - our managing partner - and we do our best to explain everything and make you comfortable.

You're in good hands with Michael & Associates.  Schedule a free case review so we can start formulating your DWI defense strategy.

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Hundreds of Happy Austin Clients

Ben Michael is an incredible man and an even better attorney.  I hired him after a complicated DWI thinking I was doomed for months in jail.  He got the charges reduced and I didn't have to do a thing.  It was relatively stress-free and I'll never drive drunk again.  Ben gave me a second chance.

Jordan L
Austin, TX

Recent DWI Cases Near Austin

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

Location: Austin, TX

Allegations: Police pulled client over, alleging that he was swerving between lanes.  Client failed sobriety test and was taken to the police station.

 

Result: Dismissed after motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence.

Charges Reduced

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense

Location: Austin, TX

Allegations: Client was pulled over and refused a breathalyzer.  Client failed sobriety test and was taken into custody.  This was the client's second offense.

Result: Case Pled Down to Reckless Driving

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving Under the Influence

Location: Austin, TX

Allegations: Client arrested after running a stop sign.  Police administered a breathalyzer and blood test.

 

Result: Case Dismissed

Frequently Asked Questions

About Michael & Associates

Simply put, Michael & Associates gives you two things: the white glove treatment, and the best outcome possible.

 

There are dozens of lawyers out there that will charge you less and promise you the world.  But when you have questions, are they there for you?  Are they going to really give each case the best effort?  More likely, they are going to take the easiest path forward.  They are essentially factories for criminal cases.

With Michael & Associates, we take on a limited number of cases so that we can treat each one as if it were own.

 

You get Ben Michael's personal cell phone, and are encouraged to text him anytime day or night.  Other firms?  You get stuck with a secretary and maybe a call back 3 days later if you're lucky.

 

Ben will walk you through every step and detail, and make sure that you feel comfortable the whole way through.  We get that this is a stressful time, and it's our goal not only to get you the best possible outcome, but to also make this as painless as possible.

Michael & Associates takes on pretty much all types of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including the following:

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

 

We do not do:

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

We're licensed to practice throughout Texas.  Currently we're taking on cases for all counties between Austin & San Antonio.

Driving While Intoxicated in Austin

In Austin, Travis County, and the rest of Texas, any driver caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher can be charged with driving while intoxicated.  BAC is a measure of what percent of your blood is made up of alcohol.

The number of drinks that will put you at a BAC of 0.08% depends on a number of factors, including the strength of the drinks, the time passed since consuming, your gender, your weight, and your tolerance.

 

 

In Austin, the penalties vary based on how many offenses you have had.

First Offense

  • Up to a $2,000 fine
  • Up to 180 jails upon conviction, with three mandatory days in jail
  • Loss of driver's license for up to a year

 

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

 

Third Offense

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

 

Additional penalties apply if 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

For starters, pull over immediately and safely.  Do not attempt to evade the police as you will likely fail to outrun them and will face further charges.

Once the officer approaches your vehicle, be extremely polite and obedient.  The officer will first ask for your license, registration, and proof of insurance.  Tell the officer where these are located, and slowly move to retrieve these items.

Officers will typically ask if you know why they pulled you over.  Simply say "No Sir" or "No Ma'am".  Because in court, an officer must have a reason to justify pulling you over.  So you don't want to admit to the officer that he or she had a good reason.

You have the right to refuse both a field sobriety test and a preliminary breathalyzer test.  If you believe you will fail, it is a good idea to refuse these.  Simply state that you are not comfortable doing these, and would like to speak with your attorney before doing so.  Always assume you are on video, so be as polite and even-keeled as possible.

You may still be arrested on the grounds of slurred speech, alcohol smell, or bloodshot eyes.  Once arrested, you will likely be asked to take a blood or breath test to establish BAC.  If you do refuse, you are subject to a license suspension.  However, if you fail the test, you are also subject to a license suspension.  In either case, a lawyer can help you fight this.

The officer may obtain a warrant to compel you to take the test, but this takes time.

Always remain silent during questioning, and contact an attorney at the first chance you get.

 

 

 

 

Yes, you should never plead not guilty or give up when charged with a DUI.  Whether it's your first or third DUI, fighting it will almost always yield a better outcome for you.

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