Hays County DWI and DUI Lawyers | Hays County Criminal Defense Lawyers

 

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Hays County DUI Lawyers and Hays County DUI Law Firms are here to help you after you've been involved in a drunk driving accident or if you have received a DUI or license suspension for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Call one of the attorneys advertised on this page for legal advice!

 

 

 

 

 

Why is having a Hays County DWI Lawyer so Important?

Drivers are routinely arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) on Hays County roadways including I-35, US 290, SH 21, SH 80, SH 82, and SH 4. If you get arrested and charged with a DUI and do not retain an experienced Hays County DUI lawyer, you are complicating an already complicated situation.

For most people, their first DWI arrest is also the first time they are arrested for committing any crime. As a result, individuals charged with DWI in Hays County are often unsure of what they are supposed to do to fight their Hays County DWI charge effectively. Thus, the first thing one should do if arrested for DWI in Hays County is hire an experienced Hays County DWI Attorney to help answer any questions about the process and try to beat the DWI charge.   

A skilled Hays County DWI lawyer will handle any type of intoxicated driving arrest, including zero tolerance drunk driving violations for Hays County drivers under 21 years of age. The National Highway and Transportation Association found that 34% of all alcohol-related car crashes that resulted in fatalities were caused by drivers between the ages of 21 and 24. Because Hays County has a number of college campuses and universities, including Texas State University-San Marcos, Saint Edward's University, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College District, University of the Incarnate Word, Trinity University, St Philips College, and San Antonio College, Hays County law enforcement officers are on constant alert to safeguard against underage drunk drivers. 

How will Hays County DWI Attorney help me?

A Hays County DWI lawyer must be skilled in both criminal and aproceedings in order to provide you with effective legal representation. DWI attorney should be able to provide you assistance in the following areas:

  1. Hays County Administrative License Revocation and Suspension;
  2. First Conviction Misdemeanor DWI / DUI Charges;
  3. Second Conviction Misdemeanor DWI / DUI Charges;
  4. Felony DWI / DUI Charges such as Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter, or Three (3) or more DWI convictions;
  5. DWI / DUI Charges Against Minors;
  6. Expungement DWI / DUI Records; and
  7. Many other matters including assistance with community service aspects of your conviction

Why do you need a Hays County Criminal DWI Lawyer instead of a Civil Lawyer?

That answer is simple: They practice different areas of the law and, more importantly, they are familiar with the rules and procedures of the criminal courts. Your DWI charge may end up in a court that the defense attorney regularly practices in such as:

22nd Judicial District Court
Judge Charles R. Ramsay
Phone: (512) 393-7700
Fax: (512) 393-7713
Email: djcr@co.hays.tx.us
Serves Hays, Caldwell and Comal Counties
207th Judicial District Court
Judge Jack Robison
Phone: (512) 393-7700
Fax: (512) 393-7713
Email dcajhr@co.comal.tx.us
Serves Hays, Comal and Caldwell Counties
Some Criminal Courts in Hays County
274th Judicial District Court
Gary Steel
Phone: (512) 393-7700
Fax: (512) 393-7713
Email: eestrada@co.guadalupe.tx.us
Serves Hays, Comal and Guadalupe Counties
428th Judicial District Court
Bill Henry
Phone: (512) 393-7700
Fax: (512) 393-7713
Email: bill.henry@co.hays.tx.us
Serves Hays County


Why do you need a Hays County DWI Attorney?

If you are arrested for a DWI / DUI in  Hays County and are facing criminal charges, then you might be confused, scared, and frustrated with trying to make sense of the complex DWI laws and court proceedings. A Hays County criminal defense lawyer that handles DWI offenses will navigate your charges through the criminal court system with the comfort and confidence of an experienced, local Hays County DWI attorney.

To combat the problem of drunk driving, the State of Texas has enacted comprehensive and extensive DWI - DUI laws, which result in two completely separate types of trials.

  1. A criminal trial brought by Hays County Attorney's Office;
  2. A separate administrative trial dealing with your Texas driver's license suspension brought by the Texas Department of Public Safety


A Hays County DWI attorney will be able to investigate the circumstances of your case in order to present a winning defense. A qualified Hays County DWI criminal defense lawyer will be able to:

Determine if there was  reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle
Call into
question the
results of the field
sobriety test
Question the officer's ability to administer the Field Sobriety test Call into question any blood testing results taken after your arrest
Whether the officer had probable cause to arrest you Question the veracity of the arresting officer Determine if you gave consent to a roadside test  Determine the existence of probable cause to perform chemical testing
Determine if you performed well in the field Determine the quality of the Miranda rights, if any. Determine the admissibility of inculpatory statements Determine how inebriated you were

All of these factors can be crucial in preparing the defense to be used in the case against you. A Hays County DWI attorney will also have a firm gasp of the larger constitutional issues that might be at play, and will apply the law to the facts of your case. For example, a Hays County criminal defense DWI attorney could choose to challenge the DWI charge by arguing that the traffic stop itself was unconstitutional or, alternatively, that any search and seizure of you or your car was performed in violation of your constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment. Additionally, you have a legal right to remain silent, which includes a right to refuse any testing, and a skilled DWI attorney will be able to safeguard your remaining legal rights, including your right to a jury trial. Consult a Hays County DWI / DUI attorney as soon as possible after your DWI / DUI arrest!

Contact a Hays County DWI Attorney...Do Not Go It Alone!

A Hays County Texas DWI lawyer will always look at: (1) the issue of drunk driving, (2) intoxicated driving, (3) impaired driving, (4) legal intoxication which is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC);  (5) signs of intoxication, (6) if legal impairment was present; (7) license suspension or license revocation, (8)  alcohol effects, (9) drug effects, (10) the traffic stop; and (11) whether the arrest was warrantless or with a warrant.

How Much will a Hays County DWI Defense Lawyer Charge?

Unlike personal injury lawyers, criminal defense lawyers cannot charge a contingency fee. Therefore, they will undoubtedly charge either a (1) hourly fee, (2) a non-refundable retainer, and/or (3) a combination of both. Obviously, the more serious the charge, e.g., whether it is your first DWI charge or your third DUI charge is a factor a Hays County DWI lawyer will consider when determining the cost of representation. The best course of action is to contact one of the Hays County defense lawyers on this page or elsewhere on this site and ask them what their fee is. The phone call creates no obligation and the initial consultation is free.

Acting quickly to contact a Hays County DWI attorney is critical in order to preserve your driving privileges while the criminal charges against you are pending. Once you are arrested and charged with a Hays County DWI, the State of Texas is required to provide you with notice that your license will be suspended. From the date that you receive this notice, you have 15 days to request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearing in order to challenge this suspension. If you or your attorney do not request this hearing within the 15 day time limit, then your license is automatically suspended and you will lose any right to challenge the suspension later. A skilled DWI / DUI attorney will know what to expect in the Hays County ALR hearing and will be able to assist you in obtaining a hardship license, if possible.

If you have not obtained an attorney at the time of the ALR hearing, the court will require that an attorney is present at the initial stage of the criminal proceedings, or the First Appearance. The purpose of the First Appearance is for the court to determine that you have in fact obtained legal counsel. If you have not obtained legal representation, then the court will appoint an attorney for you due to the severity of the consequences that you could face, if convicted.

Where do Hays County Administrative License Revocation Hearings take place?

After a person is arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and they request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (within 15 days of the arrest, as explained above), then the Texas Department of Public Safety will refer the case to the State Office of Administrative Hearings to determine whether the license suspension should be upheld for the statutory period. To learn more about the the State's burden of proof at these hearings, please visit our Administrative License Revocation Hearing page. Alternatively, you can contact the Hays County State Office of Administrative Hearings Main Office located at:

300 W. 15th Street Suite 502
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 475-4993
Fax: (512) 475-4994

You are entitled to the help of a Hays County DWI attorney at your Administrative License Revocation Hearing, so contact one of the skilled drunk driving attorneys advertised on this website as soon as possible for help saving your Texas drivers' license.

If you are in need of a bail bonds company, DotCO has provided just some names for your easy reference:

Hays County Bonding Companies
Cowboy Bail Bonds
1011 Uhland Road 4
San Marcos, TX 78207
(512) 392-7333
A A A Bail Bonds II
1011 Uhland Road
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-8081
Bondco Bonding Company
1702 N Interstate 35 B
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 353-3153
Mendez Brothers Bail Bonds
1011 Uhland Road 2
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-8781
Granger & Mueller
605 W 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9999
A Bail Bonds
1008 Uhland Road
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 805-9600
H & J Bail Bonds
110 E San Antonio Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 396-0066
San Marcos Bail Bonds
125 N Guadalupe Street Suite 102
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-8999
Around The Clock Bail Bonds
208 N Lbj Drive B
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-5245
Amigo Bail Bonds
1005 Uhland Road 100
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 337-3085

The DWI criminal defense lawyers on this page can represent you in all matters involving your drunk driving charge, including DUI, DWI, SR-22, Refusal to Blow, Revocation Hearing, Occupational Licenses, Breathalyzer Calibration, Challenging field sobriety tests, Misdemeanor DUI and Felony DUI  & Felony DWI. These Hays County DWI defense lawyers can represent you whether you live in Hays County throughout Central Texas, including Bear Creek, Buda, Dripping Springs, Hays, Kyle, Mountain City, Pioneer Town, San Marcos, Wimberley, Woodcreek and other communities in Guadalupe County, Comal County, Blanco County and Hays County.

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