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Steps to take if you’re pulled over for suspicion of DWI

You're driving down the road, paying attention like you always do, when you hear police sirens and see lights in your rearview mirror. You hope that the officer passes you by, but you worry that you may indeed be the one on their radar.

If you're pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, you can expect your mind to race, your palms to sweat and your stomach to churn. And that holds true even if you don't have a drop of alcohol in your system.

Take action with a personal injury consultation after an accident

If you're injured in a motor vehicle accident, you'll have concerns about your health, recovery and impact on your personal and financial lives. And that's just the start.

With so much happening around you, it's easy to simply give in and wait to see how things play out. However, taking this approach is not the best idea, as it can harm your ability to protect your legal rights and potentially receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Concussion diagnosis after a motor vehicle accident

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident, it's your hope that you don't suffer an injury. However, depending on the circumstances, you could find yourself dealing with several serious injuries that require immediate medical attention.

If you suspect a concussion after a motor vehicle accident, it's critical to head for a local hospital for examination and treatment. Your medical team will diagnose you by doing the following:

  • Neurological evaluation: Your doctor will check your hearing, vision, balance, strength, reflexes and coordination.
  • Cognitive testing: This evaluates your concentration, memory and ability to recall information.
  • Imaging tests: A CT scan is the most commonly used imaging test, but an MRI and X-ray may be necessary depending on the circumstances of the accident and the results of your neurological evaluation and cognitive testing.

What is a plea deal?

Being accused of a crime can be a challenging situation. For starters, the accused may not fully understand the charges that they are faced with. And with that, there are penalties that could result if a conviction occurs. Thus, the accused should be aware of their defense options. While this could mean going to trial and asserting a strong criminal defense, it could also mean other alternative methods to help one avoid harsh criminal penalties.

What is a plea deal? Regardless if a criminal defendant wants to take a plea deal or not, most proceedings involve a plea deal. This could result in plea-bargaining, which could help the accused reach agreeable terms and avoid going through the criminal trial. A plea deal can benefit both the defendant and the prosecution. For example, it could result in no incarceration for a defendant and time saved by the prosecution for not having to go to trial.

Defending your rights after a DWI charge

The winter months are a time of many celebrations. There are many reasons for residents in Texas and elsewhere to take to the road this time of the year. Whether it is a family gathering, holiday party or a New Years Eve celebration, the roadways see and increase in travelers this time of year. Not only are there more travelers, but there is also a greater concern for people getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

In effort to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes, law enforcement takes action to remove drunk drivers from the roadways. But, these efforts are not perfect and could result in some motorists being charged with drunk driving when law enforcement did not properly follow protocol or procedures. At The Sanchez Law Firm, we see this situation far too often, which is why we have nearly two decades helping our clients avoid conviction or serious penalties associated with a DWI.

What happens during a criminal trial?

A criminal charge is a serious legal matter. When a Texas resident is facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing, they may have questions about what awaits them in the future. While every criminal matter should independently be assessed by a criminal defense legal professional, there is a general course that many criminal matters follow during the trial process.

When a person is charged with a crime, one of the first items that may occur in the trial preparation process is to seat a jury. A jury is a group of people who will hear the evidence and charges brought against the defendant and who will decide if they are guilty. In some instances, a trial may occur only before a judge.

Oil and gas regions in Texas are prime areas for car crashes

The oil and gas industries in Texas are booming. However, as the oil and gas industries in Texas grow, so apparently do the potential for fatal car accidents.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2018 over 1,600 people died in motor vehicle accidents in one of Texas' five largest oil and gas producing regions. This accounted for around 50% of all fatal traffic accidents in the state. West Texas' Permian Basin, one of the largest production areas of oil and gas in the United States, saw 485 highway fatalities in 2018, a 20% increase from the number of fatalities in 2017.

Teen charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Edinburg

In Texas and other states across the nation, roadways can be very busy places. However, the late night and early morning hours are less likely to experience much traffic if any at all. Even though there are fewer vehicles on the roadways during these hours, this does not mean car accidents do not happen. In fact, this timeframe is when there is the greatest concern for fatigued and intoxicated motorists.

According to recent reports, a young motorist from Alamo was charged for a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred in late July. The 17-year-old has plead not guilty after being accused of hitting and killing a 46-year-old man and fleeing the scene of the accident.

Helping you assert a defense against a DWI

With the holiday season in full swing, many residents in Texas and elsewhere are focused on the various gathering and celebrations during this time of year.

Oftentimes, alcohol is served and consumed at these gatherings, which in turn could cause some individuals to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after they have consumed alcohol.

A failed Breathalyzer test is not an automatic conviction

Failing a Breathalyzer test during a traffic stop is a serious matter that may affect many areas of a person's life, if it results in a conviction. However, Breathalyzers are not accurate in all circumstances, and other aspects of a traffic stop may offer opportunities to challenge the results. If you recently received charges after a failed Breathalyzer test, now is the time to begin building your defense.

Even if you think the evidence against you is fairly strong, a well-built legal strategy can help keep your rights secure as you fight to protect your assets and criminal record. The sooner you begin building your defense, the sooner you can request the evidence against you and identify any weaknesses in the prosecution's case. If you choose to wait even another day, you may not have time to formally request and receive the evidence against you, which gives your prosecutor a great advantage, so be sure to make this your first priority as soon as possible.

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