"We do not want a police state, and it seems we are on the precipice of becoming one in the name of DUI."
-Martin v. Commonwealth
DWI Defense Information
Carl David Ceder
214.702.CARL (2275) or 469-2000-DWI
Denton County DWI
If you want to be sure your driving privileges are not permanently suspended you are going to have to request a driver’s license suspension hearing after your DWI arrest. Denton County gives you fifteen days to get this done or it is bye-bye driver’s license. This will be done through the Administrative License Revocation civil admin office. This will have zero effect on your DWI case, but it is a detail the can be overlooked easily.
Hiring an experienced Denton County DWI attorney can mean all the difference in your criminal DWI case. The county may drag their feet a bit in issuing you a court date that will come within a two month timeframe. Then you will be required to appear in court sometime within two to three month later. During which time your memory of the arrest event and that of any witnesses and/or the arresting officer will have become faded.
Therefore, having a DWI attorney to get immediately on the research, investigations and recording of the details, like weather conditions and traffic conditions is extremely important to your case.
Up to this point you will have no idea of the exact charges being brought up against you. You will first learn of this on your arraignment date in the Denton County Court. Even if you have hired an attorney at this point, which you should have by now, it is still mandatory for you to appear in court in person on the first court date.
Only after you show to hear your formal charges can you ask for a "Waiver of Appearance.” Once this is active, your Denton County DWI attorney can stand in on your behalf in most of the upcoming court dates, but not 100 percent of them. Your lawyer will fill you in on this.
Although your DWI attorney will be representing you on your behalf in court, you are the only one who can make the decision on any plea deals offered to you by the prosecution. Your lawyer can only relay courtrooms information, collect state’s evidence, such as video, statements and police records, they cannot act for you.
There is no law stating you must take any plea and you have the right to refuse, especially if you know you are not guilty. This means letting your DWI attorney know you want a trial and dealing with many more court dates in order to clear your name.
They may try offering you a lesser charge in order to avoid a trial and your successful DWI attorney will be able to advise you on this before agreeing to it. Be sure you chose an experienced Denton County DWI attorney that knows what to expect in court and from the District Attorney.