Houston DWI Defense Lawyer
Effective Defense Against DWI Charges
Today, the stakes are much higher in drunk driving cases than they were in the past. In addition to consequences you face in criminal court — massive fines, jail time, a criminal record that will follow you for a long time — you also face the suspension of your driver’s license and substantial financial administrative penalties if you are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or put on probation for drinking and driving.
What I Can Do For You
I am R. Todd Bennett, a Houston DWI defense attorney. I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; I am AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating awarded); and I have been recognized with a listing in Best Lawyers in America.**
Before starting the law firm of R. Todd Bennett, P.C., I was an assistant district attorney in Harris County, Texas. That is where I cut my teeth and began to learn how to try DWI/DUI cases. While a prosecutor, I tried many test and no-test cases. I learned about proper police procedure and mistakes that the police commonly make when arresting people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. All of this firsthand knowledge of how prosecutors try DWI cases makes me well-prepared to defend you if you are charged with DWI in Texas.
License Suspension Representation
If you have been accused of DWI or any other alcohol-related charge in Texas, I will defend you both in your criminal case and in your driver’s license suspension hearing (administrative license revocation, or ALR) with the Department of Public Safety. You have only 15 days to request a hearing to contest the suspension of your driver’s license, so it is important to contact me as soon as possible after your arrest.
Defenses In Drunk Driving Cases
If you have been charged with DWI, intoxicated assault, intoxicated manslaughter or any other alcohol-related offense, think long and hard before you give up without a fight and plead guilty. All people are presumed innocent, and the prosecutor has the burden of proving an accused citizen guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Just because a police officer has the opinion that you were driving while intoxicated does not necessarily make it so. Just because a Breathalyzer test (or any other breath or blood test) showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 an hour after you were pulled over does not mean that you were intoxicated at the time you were driving. I use these and other defenses to help clients avoid or minimize the consequences of DWI convictions.
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*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
**Best Lawyers in America is one of the most respected peer review publications in the legal profession.