DWIs and other alcohol-related offenses are serious crimes which often result in hefty fines and time in jail; however, in some situations, these charges can be reduced to a less serious offense.
Many factors are taken into account when determining whether an offender is eligible for a reduction of charges, some of which include the actions of any law enforcement agents involved, results of alcohol content tests, and the duration of time between the stop and the blood alcohol test.
Your situation may be one of the few where a reduction of charges is required. To determine the most viable option, you need the help of a defense attorney skilled at defending clients against DWIs and other related crimes.
At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, ensuring your rights is our top priority. Whether you were arrested on DWI charges in Plano or charged with possession of an open container in Allen, the attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy can help. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 805-8855 now to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Our attorneys also represent clients located in Carrollton, Argyle, Richardson, Frisco, and Dallas. Similarly, we accept clients from Collin County, and the surrounding counties including Grayson County, Fannin County, Denton County, and Rockwall County.
There are several reasons why an offender’s charges may be reduced from a DWI to a lesser offense. Some of these reasons include erroneous sobriety tests, compromised evidence, procedural errors, and a number of other factors.
Field sobriety tests present some of the most common types of issues arising with DWI charges. The reliability of sobriety tests is not foolproof, and human error plays a big part in the accuracy of these tests.
For example, field sobriety tests which measure hand-eye coordination and balance may become a problem when administered to individuals with health issues affecting these faculties. Similarly, some medications may cause serious reactions in a driver, thus making the proper operation of a vehicle more difficult.
In addition to coordination tests, blood alcohol tests may be problematic as well. Human error is not inescapable and may be the reason for inaccurate results in a blood alcohol test. Mishandling of samples, mislabeling samples, and contamination of samples are just some of the issues that may arise making a blood alcohol test less reliable.
In these examples, an attorney may seek a reduction of charges for the offender, or a complete dismissal depending on the circumstances. Given the proper circumstances, a DWI charge may be reduced to an obstruction of a passageway charge or a reckless driving charge.
Intoxication and Alcohol-Related Crimes - Visit Title 10, Section 49 of the Texas Penal Code enumerates to find out more about the laws related to intoxication and alcoholic beverages. This website provides information on these crimes including the state's DWI laws under Section 49.04. Also, find information on related penalties.
Drug and Alcohol Resources - Visit the Collin County Sheriff’s Office page of the Collin County website for more information on preventing drug and alcohol abuse. This website lists contact information for substance abuse facilities throughout Collin County. Also, find information on traffic safety in Plano, Texas.
If you or someone you know was charged with a DWI or another related offense, your time to mitigate the penalties is limited. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today at (972) 805-8855 to speak with an experienced Plano, Texas criminal defense attorney to discuss your charges.
Our firm also accepts clients in Allen, Carrollton, Richardson, Argyle, Frisco, and Dallas, if you are located in the Collin County area or the surrounding counties of Grayson County, Fannin County, Denton County, or Rockwall County, call today for a free consultation.