DWI/DUI

Under the current law in Texas, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or DUI) is punished severely, regardless of whether you were arrested in Fort Worth, Benbrook, White Settlement, or any other city in Texas. A good lawyer can help you get a better result than going on your own could.

If you operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you will likely be charged with a Class B misdemeanor for your first-time offense. A Class B misdemeanor means that you could be fined up to $2,000.00, and spend up to 6 months in jail. If the DWI is your second offense, it usually becomes a Class A misdemeanor (although sometimes it can be a third degree felony). A Class A misdemeanor means that you could be fined up to $4,000.00, and spend up to 1 year in jail. Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 12.21-12.22 (West). If it is your third offense, it is a third degree felony, which means that you can be fined up to $10,000.00, and spend up to 10 years in prison. Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 12.34 (West); Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 49.09 (West).

As a separate punishment, and in addition to being fined and spending time in jail or prison, your drivers license will likely be suspended unless you request a hearing before the 15th day after the date on which you receive notice of suspension, and win the hearing. Tex. Transp. Code Ann. § 524.031 (West). At the hearing you will have a chance to fight the suspension.

For a flat fee (listed below), the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will not only fight for you through the criminal prosecution and all the way to trial if you want, but will also appear at the administrative hearing to fight the pending license suspension.

In Texas, even if your blood alcohol was within the “legal limit,” you could still be found guilty of having driven while intoxicated. Intoxication is defined for most adult drivers in the Texas Penal Code, section 49.01 as either: “(A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or (B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.”
Because the statute is broad, it means that you potentially could have been driving while intoxicated even if your blood alcohol level was well below 0.08.

The flat fees the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC charges to represent you in criminal matters are as follows:
Payment plans are sometimes available for these lawyer's fees on criminal cases.

  • $350 - Speeding Ticket or Comparable Moving Violation (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,000 - DUI / DWI Defense (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Simple Misdemeanor Cases (you are responsible for costs). Typically, a "simple misdemeanor" is either a low-level Class B or Class C misdemeanor. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Very simple misdemeanor cases may be cheaper.
  • $6,750 - Complex Misdemeanor Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). All other misdemeanors fall into this category. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $18,750 - Simple Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Second Degree, Third Degree, or State Jail Felonies are typically included. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $24,000, approximately - Complex Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Typically this includes First Degree and Capital Felonies. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Call us to find out exactly what the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can do for you.


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