I absolutely hate it when someone comes in for a free consultation about their DWI arrest, all worried sick about it. I’ll ask them, ‘have you ever been arrested before?’ ‘No…oh yeah, …I got a Public Intoxication back when I was younger and another one last year when I was riding with Bubba and he got a DWI.’
‘OK’, I say, ‘so how were you a danger?’
‘Huh?, There was no danger.’
‘So, why did you plead guilty?’
‘I didn’t plead guilty.’
‘If you paid a fine, you pled guilty’ ‘Why?’
‘It was the [easiest], [cheapest], [shortest] [fastest] way to get rid of it. Besides, it was no big deal.’
‘Well, now you have two alcohol related convictions that will come back to haunt you on this DWI. So tell me, how were you a danger?’
‘I wasn’t in no danger. What do you mean?’
‘The law says [Texas Penal Code Sec. 49.02(a)] ‘A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.’
Actually, the burden of proof for a Public Intoxication is much higher than the burden of proof for a DWI. So don’t do anything which will affect your legal history without first calling a lawyer who knows the difference.
Whether you hire me or not, please call me with your questions. I want to inform and educate you about all you will be going through…because…if you end up hiring me, we’ve covered that ground of information already, …and if you hire someone else… you’ll need to know what to tell them to properly represent you so they won’t take any short cuts!