Accused of a Serious Crime? Allen, TX DWI & Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps You Get the Best Legal Outcome Possible
Let’s be straight: the Texas criminal justice system stacks the odds against you. The district attorney and judge are hell-bent on handing down the most severe punishments possible.
Case in point: if you get a loaded jury that inexperienced or lazy lawyers don’t question, you can get convicted of animal cruelty – even if you justifiably defend yourself! If you use a “deadly weapon” to protect yourself, you can spend 2-10 years in prison.
How fair does that sound?
Allen, TX criminal defense lawyer Kent Starr Tirelessly Fights for Your Rights
Read this story to learn how he helped a client charged with manslaughter (2 – 20 year prison sentence) go home a free person:
The client approached Kent facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Now, the client did in fact admit he played a role in the death of the other person.
However, both he and Kent felt any kind of prison sentence for his actions was completely ridiculous. So Kent approached the district attorney of Collin County, Texas, where the client had been charged.
They got into intense arguments, and the discussion ended with the client facing a charge of manslaughter. This crime carries a 2-20 year sentence, while criminally negligent homicide has a 180-day – 2 year sentence!
Things didn’t look good for the client, but Kent knew his client should not go to jail. In several cases with similar circumstances, the accused person did not get any prison sentence at all.
Kent knew the district attorney was really just trying to intimidate his client into accepting a plea deal.
And at this point, many inexperienced and otherwise careless criminal defense lawyers would have advised the client to accept the offer and go to prison for several years.
Kent performed extensive legal research and presented the facts of similar cases to the judge and district attorney. Even with the evidence he showed, they disagreed with him and believed the client deserved a prison sentence.
So the client’s case went to trial. Kent presented those similar cases to the jury, and after a week in court, they declared the client “not guilty.”
Rather than going to the Texas penitentiary system for several years, the client went home a free person.
Many lawyers are too inexperienced or not committed enough to their profession to fight this hard for your legal rights!
No One Takes the Battle to the Texas Legal System More Aggressively than Criminal Defense & DWI Lawyer Kent Starr
When you talk about law, Kent’s one of those rare individuals with an exceptional level of integrity and commitment.
You see, he’s always been one of those super aggressive types. In college in his spare time, he was a Golden Gloves boxer and earned his first-degree black belt.
He doesn’t lay the smack down physically on other lawyers, but he does use that aggressive energy for you in the legal system.
If Kent sounds like an intimidating person, he is – but only to his legal opponents. As a client, you’ll love his calm, understanding demeanor and great sense of humor.
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Don’t be mistaken – Kent’s not the type of lawyer who uses legal technicalities to help you get away with legitimate charges.
Nope. He has a high sense of personal integrity. If he believes you’re facing unfair treatment from the State of Texas, he’ll help you out in a heartbeat.
But before he can do that, he needs to know the facts of your case.
That’s why you need to give him a call right now at 469.500.5000 or contact him online.
Everything You Need to Know about Texas DUI/DWI Law
Let’s keep it simple here: DUI/DWI violations are pretty easy to avoid. If you’ve had too much to drink, stay home, get a ride home, or find some alternate means of transportation.
You put your own life, the lives of your passengers, and the lives of other innocent motorists at risk when you drive drunk. It doesn’t seem like a serious situation to drive drunk – until it actually becomes one.
In some rare cases, you can get falsely accused of DUI/DWI, but that’s only for less than 1% of all situations. For example, Larry Davis was arrested for DWI even though he had a 0.00 BAC. He even took a blood test to check for controlled substances, and the test showed nothing illegal in his body at the time of the arrest.
And he passed a field sobriety test with flying colors too!
How’d it happen?
The Austin Police Department practices a “no-chances policy,” and so the officer arrested Davis based on the suspicion of driving under the influence of a drug like marijuana. Blood test results take weeks to months to come in, and police can arrest you based on the suspicion alone.
But, Davis’ situation is fairly extreme – and rare.
This is what can happen to you if you get arrested and convicted for DWI/DUI:
• 1st Offense: 3-180 day in jail, up to a $2,000 fine, and 90-365 day license suspension, no ignition-interlock device (IID) required
• 2nd Offense: 30 days – 1 year in jail, up to a $4,000 fine, 180 day – 2 year license suspension, IID required
• 3rd Offense: 2 years in jail, up to a $10,000 fine, 180 day – 2 year license suspension, IID required
Texas has a “No Lookback Period”
What this means is that if you were convicted of a DUI 30 years ago, that can still count as a prior offense. Your previous charges may or may not expire.
Can You Refuse a Chemical Test?
You do have this right, but you can be fined and have your license suspended automatically.
What are the Legal Limits in Texas?
If you are a civilian driver, it’s .08. For commercial drivers, the limit is .04. And if you’re under 21, it’s any detectable amount. You also cannot drive under the influence of controlled substances like illegal street drugs, certain prescription medications, and other intoxicants.
How Much Can You Legally Drink and Still Be Able to Drive?
If you’re asking this question, you’re going down the wrong road. That depends on the alcohol content of your drink, how fast you drink it, your weight, your gender, and your metabolism.
You can look at those BAC charts, but they don’t account for all of these factors. You could follow the chart perfectly and still be drunk while driving.
The best thing you can do is avoid drinking and driving altogether.
Probation’s Not Too Fun Either!
What if you end up foregoing some of a prison sentence in exchange for probation?
Not as bad, right?
Well, it depends on how you look at it. Here are some things that can happen while you’re on probation for your DUI/DWI charge:
• IID installed – This forces you to give a breath sample before your car starts.
• Alcohol Treatment – You may have to go to AA or other area counseling programs. In rare and extreme cases, you may be forced to attend outpatient treatment.
• You Can’t Consume Any Alcohol – Some courts take this a little farther than others. For example, you may not be able to enter any establishment where alcohol is sold or consumed. In most cases, you are required to not consume any alcohol at all during this time. Random, periodic urinalysis is performed to enforce this aspect of your probation.
• Jail Time – You may get some jail time, depending on how many violations you’ve had.
• Restitution – If your insurance company hasn’t covered all the damages you’ve caused as a result of your DUI/DWI, you will be required to cover them yourself.
• Deep Lung Device Installation – Now, you might think you can have someone else blow into this so your car starts. However, if you have a deep lung device installed, they’re sensitive enough to identify the correct user.
If you cause serious bodily injury to another person while driving drunk, you can be charged with this crime. If convicted, you’re guilty of a 3rd degree felony, which carries a 2-10 year prison sentence and up to a $10,000 fine.
If you kill another person while driving drunk, you can be charged with this crime. If convicted, you’re guilty of a 2nd degree felony, which has a prison sentence of 2-20 years and up to a $10,000 fine.
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Allen, TX DWI attorney Kent Starr gets you the best legal outcome to which you’re entitled.
Don’t let an inexperienced or lazy lawyer handle your case.
Instead, call Kent now at 469.500.5000 or contact him online.