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Texas DWI Court Process

DWI Attorney in Plano, Texas

Arrest

After you have been arrested on DWI charges, you will be brought back to the police station where you will be booked and processed. After the booking process, you will remain in police custody until bail has been posted. Once bail has been posted you are free to return home and are not required to appear in court until your next scheduled court date. By posting bail, you are promising the court that you will appear at all of your future court appointments. Failure to appear at any of your court appearances will result in legal consequences.

The Arraignment

The first step in the Texas DWI process is the arraignment. At the arraignment, you or your attorney will enter a plea of "guilty," "not guilty," or "no contest" to driving while intoxicated. After a plea has been entered, a judge may set conditions upon your release, such as suspending your driver's license, requiring you to wear an ankle-monitoring bracelet, or requiring you to install an ignition interlock device on your car. The judge will also set a date for you next court appearance.

Pre-Trial Motions & Hearings

Pre-trial hearings occur before the start date of the criminal trial. Depending on the case at hand, there may be one or more pre-trail dates set. At the pre-trial hearings your attorney has the opportunity to review the prosecution's file, additional police reports, and any evidence that has so far been collected. This gives your attorney more time to investigate and build your defense. Your attorney also has the option of filing a motion to suppress evidence that he thinks should not be permitted in court. Furthermore, your attorney can also try to reach a settlement with the prosecution to avoid going to trial. Sometimes your attorney can even negotiate with the prosecution to get your charges reduced or dismissed!

The Trial

A DWI case will proceed to trial when it cannot be resolved during the arraignment or pre-trial hearings. At the trial, a jury of twelve people will hear arguments and review evidence presented by both your attorney and the prosecutor. At the end of the trial, the jury will reach a decision as to whether you are "guilty" or "not guilty" of committing DWI. If you are found "not guilty" all charges will be dropped and the DWI process ends. If you are found "guilty" then the judge will issue your sentence. This could include probation, jail, fines, community service, driver's license suspension, or participation in an alcohol workshop.

Contact Collin County DWI Lawyer in Plano, Frisco, McKinney or Allen

As you can see the DWI process can be a complex and lengthy process. It's important to hire an experienced DWI attorney to handle your case. Plano DWI attorneys at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC have represented countless clients throughout their careers, and is highly familiar with the DWI process in Texas. As a former DWI prosecutor, our attorneys know how the prosecution is likely to build their case, and therefore develops effective strategies to use in your defense. Our DWI Trial Team is 100% committed to protecting your rights, and fighting your DWI charges at all costs.

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