Michael & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Mckinney, TX DWI / DUI Lawyer Who Fights Back

Facing a DWI charge in McKinney? Scared of facing jail time and severe fines? Michael & Associates is an experienced firm who knows their stuff. We've got your back.

A DWI in Mckinney Can Totally Bankrupt You.
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DWIs in McKinney Are Very Serious

DWIs can eat your wallet and land you in jail. It's even worse for repeat offenders. You can be looking at the loss of your life savings.

The stress of potential jail time and severe financial woes is enough to cause some of our clients mental health crises.

Michael & Associates is here to help. No matter how serious your charges are, no matter how difficult it will be to fight the Collin County court system, we've got your back.

DWIs Can Mean Jail Time and Serious Fines

You might think your first DWI will land you a simple slap on the wrist. Think again. It can land you in jail on top of making you pay thousands in fees.

Here are the penalties for DWI convictions in McKinney and Collin County:

First-Time Offense: 

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

Second-Time Offense:

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

Third-Time+ Offense:

  • A $10,000 fine
  • Between 2 and 10 years in prison
  • Loss of driver's license for up to two years
  • Felony charge on your criminal record that can cause damage to your reputation

This is just for the DWI charge. If you face further charges for breaking other laws, you're looking at more jail time and worse fines if convicted.

Put Up a Fight and Take Back Your Future

You won't just be facing penalties from the Collin County court system, you'll be facing social ones as well. You will be ineligible for certain jobs with a DWI conviction. If you are convicted for a third time and get a felony on your record, you might have a hard time finding any form of employment at all due to the stigma convicts carry with them.

It may seem bleak, but don't give up yet.

You don't have to face your DWI by yourself. There are legal defense teams who exist solely to fight these charges in Texas.

You Can Always Count on Michael & Associates

If you're facing a DWI charge in McKinney or elsewhere in Collin County, Michael & Associates is the firm for you. We've fought similar charges all over the state - including repeat offenders - and we've got an impressive record.

Due to our long history of nearly ten years fighting DWIs in the state, we know what we're doing, Most of our clients happily get their life back after their court date, because we help them get reduced charges or their cases dismissed.

Not only will you get our stellar performance in court, you'll get to work directly with our managing partner, Ben Michael. He's great at what he does both in the courtroom and outside of the courtroom, providing quality client care to make sure you feel relaxed during this stressful time.

If you want Michael & Associates by your side on your court date, schedule a free case review by filling out the contact form on this page. As soon as we get your request, we'll get to work drafting up the best legal defense you'll get in town.

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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.

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Hundreds of Happy Clients

Thank you Ben Michael and Associates for your amazing work on my case! You were able to get all my charges dropped and I couldn't be more grateful. Your professionalism and knowledge of the law is outstanding and I will be recommending your firm to anyone in need of a great lawyer!

Jordan L

Recent DWI Cases

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

Allegations: Client was pulled over after making an illegal U-Turn late at night. Police suspected him of a DWI, so they administered a breathalyzer. He failed.

Result: Case Dismissal

Charges Reduced

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense

Allegations: After being pulled over, the client refused all tests offered. She was arrested and taken to the station where she refused to take other tests and faced a license suspension.

Result: Case Pleaded Down to a Lesser Charge

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving Under the Influence

Allegations: Client arrested after swerving outside of a local bar. She failed the field sobriety test and was arrested.

Result: Case Dismissal

Frequently Asked Questions

About Michael & Associates

The average firm is filled with a wide range of skill for their lawyers. Some are interns just starting out who have no idea what they're doing. Others are some of the best legal minds in the state.

The common theme for almost every firm, though, is that they take on too many cases at once. Even the best lawyers can perform poorly if working with an insane case load. At Michael & Associates, we are different.

We only take on the number of cases that we can give our full efforts to. We won't take you on just to collect your paycheck. We'll take you, because we want to cater to your every need and we know we can help you win your case.

Even when stacked up against some of the other firms working in McKinney with a similar success rate, our level of service at Michael & Associates is unmatched. Ben Michael will be at your personal service. You have access to his cell phone number, not his work number, to text day or night with any burning questions about your upcoming case. He is here to guide you along the way and put your mind at ease.

We can work with McKinneans on nearly any type of misdemeanor or felony charge, including but not limited to:

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

Michael & Associates does not do:

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

Driving While Intoxicated in Mckinney

In Mckinney, Collin County, and the rest of Texas, the legal limit for intoxication is the same. Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher when pulled over and tested means you're past the limit.

Remember that there is no real way to know how intoxicated you are. Some people can have a few drinks and be below the limit while others can only have one. It's better to wait it out or call an Uber than it is to wind up in jail, so try your best not to drive if you're not sure you're sober.

The penalties differ depending on the circumstances of your arrest and how many previous charges you've had. In Mckinney, they are:

For Your First Offense

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

For Your Second Offense

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

For Your Third Offense

  • A $10,000 fine payable to the Collin County court system
  • Two to ten years in prison
  • Loss of driver's license up to two years

If you were caught breaking any other laws at the time of your arrest, you can face further enhanced charges. If caught with a child, for example, you will face:

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

If you see the squad car lights behind you, pull over somewhere as safely and quickly as you can. Never ever try to run away from the police. At best, you'll face much more severe charges and at worst, you or someone else will end up dead.

Before interacting with the officer directly, remind yourself of two important things. The first is to keep quiet; police are looking for reasons to arrest you and make your charges stick, so you should never volunteer information that'll hurt you in court. The second is, whether the officer is polite or rude themselves, you need to be on your best behavior; being courteous will help you on your court date, especially if you've been filmed.

The officer who pulled your car over will approach your driver side window and ask you to show him or her your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Don't try to make any jokes or charm your way out of this, just hand over the documents in a calm, slow manner after informing the officer of their location. The officer will likely ask you why you've been pulled over, and your reply should be "no, sir" or "no, ma'am" as you should remain silent even if you know why.

At this point, you may be asked to take either a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer. If you know you'll pass them, because you had one drink several hours ago or stayed sober the entire evening, go for it. If there's even a 1% chance you'll fail, you can politely reject the tests. Inform the officer that you would like to speak with your lawyer first before taking any tests.

If you seem visibly intoxicated, if you smell like wine or vodka, etc., you may be arrested anyway. Once at the police station, they'll likely want to establish your BAC by giving you a blood or breathalyzer test. You can refuse these, as well, but it will likely end up with your license being suspended. The same thing happens if you take them and fail, though. Use your own discretion and don't worry too much about what happens here as your lawyer will represent you in court to fight any suspensions.

If you've refused every test so far, an officer might try to obtain a warrant. This is a timely thing to do, so they might not.

No matter what happens, try to keep quiet and wait for your lawyer. Contact him or her as soon as you're able to.

No matter how many previous DUI or DWI charges you've had, it's in your best interest to fight. It's a strong possibility that the right lawyer can get your charges reduced if not dropped entirely. The answer is a definite yes.

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