A DWI in Kyle Can Cost You Big Time.
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DWI Convictions in Kyle are No Joke
If you've been charged with a DWI in Kyle, you're not alone. However, it's imperative that you take the charges seriously.
The state of Texas and the courts in Hays County can impose pretty severe fines, restrictions, and jail time for DWI convictions. Even a first time DWI offender, if convicted, can get fined up to $2,000 and spend up to 180 days in jail. A second time offender might get a $4,000 fine and up to 12 months in jail.
Third or more DWI? That's felony territory, with penalties ranging from 2-10 years in prison, and fines up to $10,000.
Not to mention a license suspension, which can seriously hurt your income potential. These range from up to a year for a first time DWI offender and two years for subsequent offenses.
There are also numerous charge enhancements, which include drunk driving with a child passenger, causing bodily injury to a person, or killing someone. These can significantly increase penalties.
A DWI is a mistake. Don't let it ruin your future.
Many people have made the mistake of driving drunk, but that doesn't mean it has to ruin your future.
In addition to the jail time, fines and license suspension, there are a number of other ways a DWI can ruin your life. For one, your license can be suspended even before a conviction - we do our best to make sure that doesn't happen. Additionally, a conviction can skyrocket your insurance premiums, costing you money years down the line. And criminal background checks may cause issues with employers or landlords down the line.
Bottom line: there is a lot at stake when it comes to drunk driving charges. Don't risk your future by going at it alone.
The Michael & Associates Difference
Here at Michael and Associates, we treat each case as if it were our own family member. You get the full support of not just one lawyer, but the entire firm. We play as a team to get you the best outcome possible.
We have nearly decade of experience fighting DWI cases in Hays County, and we know the court system like the back of our hands. We know how to examine the evidence and form a strategy for your specific instances.
But an aggressive defense isn't enough. We aim to provide high-touch, white glove treatment to make this process as straightforward and easy as possible. DWI cases can drag on for many stressful months, and our. aim is to make it as easy as possible.
The force of the full team. Aggressive defense. White glove service. That's what you get from Michael and Associates.
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Recent DWI Cases near Kyle
Charge: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI B)
Location: Kyle, TX
Allegations: Client was pulled over after failing to obey a traffic signal. Police administered a sobriety test, and client was taken into custody after failing a breathalyzer.
Result: Case dismissed
Charge: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI B)
Location: Kyle, TX
Allegations: Police pulled client over for speeding and administered a breathalyzer test. Client was then taken into custody.
Result: Case Dismissed Due to Improper Procedures
Charge: DWI, 2nd Offense
Location: Kyle, TX
Allegations: Client was pulled over after allegedly swerving. Police asked client to step out of the car and searched it. Client was taken into custody and ordered to take a blood test.
Result: Charges Reduced
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 Kyle
In Kyle, 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 Kyle, the penalties vary based on how many offenses you have had.
- 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
- Up to a $4,000 fine
- One month to a year in jail
- Loss of driver's license for up to two years
- 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.