Michael & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The Odessa, TX DWI / DUI Lawyer that Cares

Charged with driving under the influence in Odessa? Talk to an attorney who can help.

DWI Arrests in Odessa Can Devastate
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DWI in Odessa Means Big Problems

If you are pulled over with a BAC of .08% or higher you might be charged with DWI. 

It's incredibly nerve-wracking to go through the arrest process. We can step in to help you get through it without much pain. 

The state of Texas and the Ector County court system will try to impose a stiff sentence on violators of the law. At Michael & Associates, we fight for you. We get you back the life you deserve.

DWI Arrests Mean Large Penalties

Just because the crime of DWI is a common one, you might assume that the penalties aren't high. 

Guess again.

The punishments for DWI are strict:

A First Offense: 

  • As high as a $2000 fine
  • From 3 and 180 days in jail
  • Loss of driver's license for up to a year

A Second Offense:

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

Three or More Offenses:

  • As high as a $10,000 fine
  • From 2 and 10 years in prison
  • Loss of driver's license for as many as two years
  • Felony on your record

Plus those don't count the various sentence enhancements, such as driving with a kid in the car, or property damage.

Not Fighting This Mistake Can Cost You

It's not just the jail time either. You can face other penalties like losing your DL, or insurance rate hikes. Losing your job is another possibility.

If you don't fight these charges, you stand to lose a lot. It's going to be a big fight, so be sure to put the right team in your corner.

Don't resign yourself to fate.  Be certain that you hire a skilled, experienced attorney who will give your case the direct approach you need to get the best result.

Michael & Associates Is In Your Corner

The team at Michael & Associates has argued countless DWI cases in and around Odessa, and gotten most of those cases dismissed or reduced.

We have a ten-year record of experience fighting for our clients.

We use a white glove defense to get our clients the best result we can achieve. We don't take on hundreds of clients.

We give you access to our partners that other firms won't. You can message the managing partner at any time. You get Ben Michael's cell number, and he is there at any time to answer your questions. 

The customer service at Michael & Associates is second to none.  Call us to get your free case review and get started on your custom defense strategy today. 

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Hundreds of Happy Clients

Thank you to the team at Michael and Associates for their hard work on my case. I had a probation revocation from 2 DUIs in another state and they were able to help me through the process and get a very favorable outcome. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of a good criminal defense lawyer.

Jordan L

Recent DWI Cases

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

Allegations: Our client was taken downtown after failing a sobriety test when they were stopped for weaving in traffic.

 

Result: Procedural error by the state led to a dismissal

Charges Reduced

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense

Allegations: The client was pulled over just outside city limits and failed both the breath exam and field sobriety test. This led to their second DWI arrest.

Result: Plea bargain for reckless driving

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving Under the Influence

Allegations: After running a stop sign the client was arrested for DWI when they failed a breathalyzer. Police brought the client to the station for further questioning.

Result: Case Dismissed

Frequently Asked Questions

About Michael & Associates

One simple thing. Our white-glove treatment. It's what separates us from the other firms who overpromise and underdeliver. white-glove

There are lawyers out there promising the moon, but when you have questions, they are nowhere to be found. They see their clients as a means to an end. The end being the end of the case so they can take on a new client. 

We give every client Ben Michael's real cell phone number and they are able to text him mornings or evenings.  Other lawyers send you to the answering service, and if you are lucky you'll get a call back by Friday. 

Ben wants to be sure you get the best outcome he can get. To do that, you get advised through every step of the process. You get a full understanding of your defense plan, and we take all the stress out of the procedure. 

Michael & Associates accepts new clients for misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, including but no limited to:

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

We don't practice:

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

Driving While Intoxicated in Odessa

In Odessa, Ector County, and elsewhere in Texas, drivers who were stopped with a BAC of 0.08% or higher can be charged with DWI.  Your BAC is a number that represents the saturation of alcohol in your bloodstream at the time of your arrest. 

Whether or not you test at or above .08% will depend on several things. The strength of the drinks you consumed as well as your age, weight, and sex. It also matters how long it has been since you stopped drinking.

In Odessa, it comes down to whether or not you have a prior conviction.

1st Offense

  • As much as a $2,000 fine
  • As much as 180 days upon conviction, with three mandatory in jail
  • Losing driver's license for up to a year

2nd Offense

  • As much as a  $4,000 fine
  • As much as a year in jail
  • Losing driver's license for up to two years

3rd Offense

  • As much as a $10,000 fine
  • 2 to 10 years in prison
  • Losing your driver's license for up to two years

Additional enhancements for DWI with an underage occupant are:

  • Increased fines up to $10,000
  • Two more years in jail
  • As many as 180 more days of driver's license suspension

Pull over right away if you are stopped. It's important to understand that adding a felony to the case is not going to help, so never run from the police. You will not escape, and you will only make things much worse for yourself in the end.

When the officer asks for your paperwork, be sure to tell them where you are going to retrieve it from before reaching for the documents carefully. Don't act in an aggressive manner.

The police will ask if you know the reason you were pulled over.  Always say "No Sir" or "No Ma'am". What they are trying to do is establish probable cause for the stop. You don't want to give them valid cause they can argue in court. 

You can refuse the tests the officer asks you to take. Just be sure that you are polite and well-mannered when you do so. You are on body camera during the stop, and any aggression or arguing can escalate the situation and lead to further charges. 

If the officer detects you slurring your words or any smell of alcohol on your breath they might arrest you for suspicion of DWI.  They will possibly ask you to take a breathalyzer or field exam. If you refuse the exams you will have your driver's license suspended. That will happen anyway if you are convicted, so it's probably wise to refuse if you think you might fail. 

The police can compel you to take a blood test at the station if they want to wait you out. It will take time to get the judge to sign the warrant. 

Never answer any incriminating questions without your lawyer present, and ask to see your lawyer as soon as you can.

It doesn't matter if this is your first, or third offense. Never enter a guilty plea for DWI. Let a lawyer handle the plea process on your behalf.

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