The Criminal Proceedings after a DWI in Texas

From the DWI Lawyers at Bailey & Galyen

If you have been arrested or charged with a DWI in Texas, you will face a criminal proceeding to determine penalties, as well as a civil proceeding regarding the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. This page outlines the criminal process so that you have an understanding of what to expect moving forward.

At the Law Offices of Bailey & Galyen, our attorneys provide comprehensive counsel to any person charged with DWI. We understand the law and the legal process and will aggressively advocate for you, seeking to minimize the consequences of your arrest. We will take the time to listen carefully so that we can learn all the details of your case and can devise a strategy. We will keep you updated on all developments in your case as well as your options so that you can make the right decisions.

We provide a free initial consultation to all people charged with DWI. To set up a meeting, contact our office or call us at one of the numbers listed below.

Our DWI Lawyers protect the rights of clients across Texas, including in Dallas – Ft. Worth, Bedford, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Weatherford, Mesquite, and Plano, TX.

The Texas DWI Criminal Process

After an arrest for a DWI in Texas, your first court appearance will be for your arraignment. You may receive notice of the arraignment by mail, or it can be given to you at the time of your arrest. At the arraignment, you will have the opportunity to hear the charges against you.

The court will schedule periodic court dates to appear with your attorney to make certain that your case is moving forward.

If after several court hearings, your case can not be resolved, you have a right to go to trial.

If your case goes to trial, you can choose to have a jury trial or a bench trial (where the judge handles everything and there is no jury). The prosecutor has the burden of proof at your trial and must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you violated the law. Your attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine any prosecution witnesses and to introduce testimony or evidence supporting your acquittal.

Once a verdict is reached, the court will impose a sentence. You can then appeal, if found guilty.

Contact the DWI Lawyers at Bailey & Galyen

Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to all clients. To set up an appointment, contact us or call us at one of the numbers listed below. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Se habla Español.

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Bailey & Galyen
1901 Airport Freeway,
Bedford, TX 76021

With offices located in:

Arlington: 817.276.6000, Toll-Free: 877.345.6767 | Bedford: 817.868.5500
Dallas: 214.252.9099 | Ft. Worth: 817.263.3000
Ft. Worth (Main St.): 817-752-3310
Grand Prairie: 972.642.7900, Toll-Free: 866.380.3369
Mesquite (by appointment only): 972.682.7868 | Weatherford: 817.594.5428

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Our DWI attorneys protect the rights of clients across Texas, including in Dallas – Fort Worth, Bedford, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Weatherford, Mesquite, and Plano, TX.

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