You Need an Expert on Your Side; A Waco Attorney Who Not Only Knows the Law, But Also the Science Used in DWI Cases

Don't let one mistake leave you with a hangover for life

In an instant, your whole future can change for the worst. One minute you are out having a good time - celebrating a birthday, anniversary, special occassion or just enjoying a night out with friends - the next thing you know your car has been towed and you are suddenly a criminal defendant. attorney Reaves National College for DUI Defense badgeJust as shocking as it was to see the jail down slam shut behind you, and DWI conviction could close some door to you. Your license will be taken away for a period of time, and you will have to rely on others to drive you and your family around. The result is your life and work and family law are instantly thrown into turmoil.

If you've been arrested for DWI in Waco or McLennan County there is no time to waste. You need to contact and experienced DWI attorney immediately. Luckily, the quality of your legal defense can determine how your DWI story ends—and it's up to you to take control of the outcome of your case.

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The decision on which attorney to hire can mean the difference between winning your case, and ending up with a conviction. There are a lot of lawyers out there who claim to be DWI lawyers. Unfortunately, few people know what to look for when hiring a lawyer, and end up hiring the lawyer with the best looking website, or the best sales pitch.

There is an easy way to cut through all the hype you are bombarded with on TV, the internet, your mailbox, and the Yellow Pages. Board Certified criminal defense lawyer Walter Reaves has written a free consumer guide featured on this page to arm you with the truth and to provide you with the valuable information you need prior to speaking to any lawyer about your case.

attorney Reaves superb rating Avvo badgeThere are two national online lawyer rating services. Walter Reaves not only has the highest ratings on both of them, he has perfect ratings on these rating services. attorney Reaves Martindale Hubbell preeminent rating badgeMr. Reaves was rated Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 AV by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Reaves has also been rated "Superb 10.0 out of 10" by Avvo.com.

In addition to those ratings, Mr. Reaves is one of only three lawyers in this area who is Board Certified in both Criminal Law, and Criminal Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board certification ensures that a lawyer has experience and competence in a certain area, and requires recommendations from both lawyers and the judges they appear before.

As a solo practitioner who works daily in courtrooms throughout Central Texas in McLennan, Bell, Hill, Falls and Bosque Counties, Mr. Reaves demonstrates how energetic and experienced legal representation can always make a difference in the outcomes of DWI and serious criminal offenses. He has devoted his entire career to representing the citizen accused, and brings over 35 years of litigation experience to fight for your legal rights

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DWI law is extremely complex

The aggresive defense of a DWI charge can involve more potential legal defenses and technical defenses than most serious felony cases like robbery and murder. The law is constantly changing, and new technigues are constantly being developed to succesfully defend DWI cases. Unfortunately, most lawyers view DWI cases as "routine", and you often see lawyers handling DWI cases who have no criminal  trial experience. Perhaps they are representing a friend, or a client or a member of a client's family who has gotten into trouble. They mistakenly believe that all they have to do is look at the prosecutor's file, review the video, and negotiate a plea - which is often the standard plea made in every case.

DWI is different from most other cases. For example, if you have a simple assault case it's relatively easy to review the file, conduct any follow up investigation, and determine what the law is and identify any potential defense. In a DWI case  however knowing the law is only the first part of what you must do. You must also know the science and procedures  used for testing, which is not so easy to learn. That's not taught in most general continuing legal education course. To obtain a thorough knowledge of all aspects of DWI defense you must attend specialized continuing education, and learn from lawyers and experts all across the country.

Just because you're a lawyer doesn't mean you are a DWI lawyer

Because of it's complexity, defending a DWI case requires specialized knowledge. While experience in criminal law is helpful - and useful - it is not enough. I regularly attend at least one mult-day course on the science behind DWI prosecutions, as well as courses on DWI law. In addition, I provide criminal case updates for the general practice section of the State Bar of Texas, which includes recent DWI cases. I'm also one of a limited number of attorneys - and the only one in this area - who is a member of the National Academy of Forensic Sciences. In addition to holding an annual conference they publish a journal - The Journal of Forensic Science - which regularly contains scientifc articles on different issues involving blood and breath testing.

You don't go to your family practice doctor to perform heart surgery on you. Why would you go to a general criminal defense lawyer to represent you on a DWI case?

The politics of DWI - the odds are against you

In any DWI case the deck is stacked against the defendant. Everyone has seen the different advertising campaigns against "drunk driving". The politicians who pass laws want to be perceived as "tough on drunk drivers"; if they're aren't, you can be sure that's going to be a big issue used by their opponents. The result  has been that laws concerning driving while intoxicated have become tougher and tougher, and each session they seem to add additional fees and costs.

Politicians aren't the only ones who are influenced by public attitudes. Judges and prosecutors are elected by the same voters. No one wants to be seen as soft on drunk drivers, and every judge and prosecutor is aware of the reality. The greatest fear of both judges and prosecutors is to have someone who was released on a DWI case go and out and get involved in accident causing serious injuries or even death. That means that most of time even the most fair minded judge or prosecutor is going to err on the side of caution - which is to ensure that something bad doesn't happen in the future.

Given the odds, it is extremely important that you pick the right person to be on your side. I have spent my career representing the underdog, and relish the opportunity to stand up for someone who can't stand up for themselves.

Texas Takes DWI Offenses Extremely Seriously

If your BAC is .08 or above, you can be arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. It is important to keep in mind that if you refuse to take a blood or breath test, you will automatically lose your driver's license for 180 days. If you are convicted of DWI, punishments vary depending on if you've had previous offenses or if this is your first one. A thorough understanding of the both the science and the mechanics of breath testing is necessary to ensure that all possible challenges are considered. Blood tests are no different, and even the analyst will admit there is a certain margin of error in the results.

Don't fool yourself, though—even being convicted of a first offense DWI is a big deal. Your punishment has the potential to be a fine of up to $2,000, three to 180 days in jail, loss of your license for up to a year, and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to keep your driver's license. Additionally, if there is a child under 15 years old in the car at the time you're arrested, you could be charged with child endangerment, which carries a fine up to $10,000, up to two years in a state jail, and loss of your driver's license for 180 days.

These punishments for a first offense may seem harsh, but the state of Texas wants to make sure you think before you drink and get on the road.

Contact a Waco DWI Lawyer With 35 Years of Experience

attorney Reaves Texas Board Certification badgeWith so much on the line following a DWI arrest, it is highly recommended that you get in touch with a Texas criminal defense attorney immediately. For years, attorney Walter Reaves has been representing drivers charged with DWI in the Texas court system, and can do the same for you. He believes that—despite what many people think—there are defenses to DWI cases. No one should ever plead guilty without first exploring those defenses. That approach only works when two things are available: a thorough investigation and evaluation of the case, and someone who knows what to look for.

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If you've been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Waco, McLennan County, or Bells, Falls, Bosque or Hill County, contact the Law Office of Walter Reaves, P.C., at 254-296-0020 for a free consultation, or fill out our contact. Don't wait - the future of you and your family department is too important.

Find out more information on the Battle Plan for attacking your DWI case.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 30 years.