DWI

Your Shield Against the State

Plano DWI Lawyer

Protecting The rights of those charged with a DWI in Dallas & Collin County

In Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense. Law enforcement officers actively seek out DWI arrests, and prosecutors harshly punish those convicted of drinking and driving. If you are charged with a DWI, you need an aggressive criminal defense advocate to help you fight the charge. 

Our DWI lawyer in Plano can help you protect your rights and driving privileges. We help you take full advantage of your options, and we will answer any questions you have about your case. At Lanzillo Law, PLLC, your case will get the attention it deserves.

Why hire lanzillo law

Our Plano DWI attorney is experienced in defending criminal defense charges and has had recent victories, including:

  • Dallas County: DWI, alleged cocaine use, cocaine in the system with a used crack pipe in the car; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Dallas County: .108 score, blood results suppressed; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Collin County: DWI; alleged marijuana use, with a burning joint in the car; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Dallas County: .16 score; DISMISSED, after successfully arguing to have the blood thrown out
  • Dallas County: Allegation of a combination of drugs; DISMISSED on day of trial
  • Denton County: .14 score; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Dallas County: .12 score; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Dallas County: .17 score; NOT GUILTY at trial
  • Denton County: DWI dismissed; obstruction offered on the day of trial

Are you looking for aggressive legal representation for your case? Call Lanzillo Law, PLLC today at (972) 645-4753 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Plano DWI attorney.


How Do Police Officers in texas identify drunk drivers?

Under the Texas Penal Code, law enforcement may consider a person intoxicated if:

  • The person does not have normal use of physical or mental faculties from the use of alcohol, a controlled substance, drugs, or a combination of substances.
  • The person has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Law enforcement may test a driver’s BAC using a breath, blood, or urine test. It is important to note that a driver could be arrested for drunk driving with a BAC below .08 if they demonstrate a lack of mental or physical abilities.

Penalties For DWI in Texas

After a DWI arrest, you may have concerns about losing your license and the impact on your job. For commercial drivers and licensed professionals, a DWI can jeopardize your career. Penalties for a DWI charge increase based on any prior convictions and aggravating circumstances.

Texas classifies a first-time DWI as a Class B misdemeanor. Penalties include:

  • Fines of up to $2,000
  • Jail time ranging from 72 hours to 180 days
  • Loss of driving privileges for 90 days to one year

A second DWI or a first DWI with a BAC of .15 or higher are classified as Class A misdemeanors. Drivers face:

  • Fines of up to $4,000
  • Jail time ranging from 30 days to one year
  • Loss of driving privileges for 180 days to two years

A third or subsequent DWI is a third-degree felony. Penalties include:

  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Incarceration for two to 10 years
  • Loss of driving privileges for 180 days to two years

Following a DWI conviction at any level, drivers may need to pay an annual surcharge for three years; attend a DWI education or intervention course, victim impact panel, or substance abuse treatment program; or install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

What happens if you refuse or fail a breath or blood test?

Individuals arrested for DWI or boating while intoxicated (BWI) who refuse to take or fail a blood or breath test will be subject to the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program. The ALR program is a civil process unrelated to the criminal charges used to suspend your driving privileges. Suspension can last from 90 days to two years, but for commercial license holders, the suspension will automatically last one year.

Contact our dwi attorney today

Work with our skilled DWI defense attorney in Plano to minimize the adverse effects of a DWI charge. At Lanzillo Law, PLLC, we prioritize you and your best interests, see why our clients have trusted our firm to represent them when facing a criminal charge.


Contact Lanzillo Law, PLLC today to speak with our Plano DWI lawyer!


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