San Antonio Drunk Driving Charges Defense Lawyer
When you are charged with a DUI, you face the possibility of hefty fines, jail time and the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. This can happen both in criminal court and at the DMV.
At The Law Firm of Patrick Hancock, we have the skills to make sure you are fully represented at both legal proceedings. Criminal defense attorney Pat Hancock is a former prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Contact our law firm today for a skilled defense strategy.
If you have been arrested for and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, you must act quickly to save your driver's license. You have only 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing (ALR) to challenge the revocation of your driver's license. San Antonio DWI lawyer Patrick L. Hancock has defended clients facing DWI charges in Texas for more than 30 years.
Protect your freedom and driving privileges. For legal advice from an accomplished DWI attorney who has been named by S.A. Scene Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in San Antonio, contact Patrick L. Hancock. We offer free and confidential consultations.
Developing an Effective Defense Strategy
The outcome of your case depends largely on the skills and determination of your defense lawyer. At The Law Firm of Patrick L. Hancock, we practice exclusively in criminal defense.
Attorney Bloch has handled complicated DUI cases involving repeat DUI charges and vehicular manslaughter. He is prepared to dig into the evidence against you and investigate allegations of drinking and driving. Mr. Hancock will look for errors in police procedures or violations of your constitutional rights based on specific factors, including:
- Unlawful traffic stop — Police officers must have a valid reason to pull someone over for suspicion of drunk driving, such as swerving between lanes or driving unusually slow. If the traffic stop was illegal, we will fight for the charges to be dismissed.
- Field sobriety tests — Law enforcement uses field sobriety tests to evaluate individuals suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests tend to measure individuals' mental and physical capabilities instead of their blood alcohol content. We review squad car videos to understand if police officers followed proper procedure, as well as the validly of the test results.
- Breathalyzer test results — Breathalyzers are used to determine if individuals were over the legal limit, but the machines are subject to human and mechanical errors. We aggressively challenge breathalyzer test results if calibrations were inaccurate or if police officers were poorly trained to operate the machines.
Seeking to Mitigate DUI Penalties
If convicted of a DUI, you could face jail time, large fines and a revocation of your driver's license. Attorney Hancock is a skilled negotiator prepared to seek a reduced sentence. He often consults therapists to help support claims that you will likely benefit from alcohol treatment in exchange for less jail time.
Protecting Your Driver's License and Freedom Following a DWI Arrest
In every DWI case, there are two distinct stages — one for the criminal aspects of your charge and another to deal with the administrative implications. Success in both the criminal and civil parts of the case is critical to minimizing effects that a DWI can have on your life, especially on your ability to drive. If you fail to address either one, you will face serious repercussions.
From his San Antonio law office, Patrick L. Hancock has a personal commitment to each client — you will never have to wonder whether he is doing all he can to successfully handle your case. You will always have a direct line to getting answers to the questions you have about a wide range of Texas DWI charges including:
- DWI, first offense
- DWI, second offense
- Intoxication manslaughter/assault
- Felony DWI
- Underage drunk driving
Texas statutes consider DWI an enhanceable offense, meaning the more convictions you receive, the greater the penalties you face if convicted again. It is important to know that you have the right to challenge breath, blood and urine tests that indicate that you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Texas Attorney Defending Drivers Against DWI Charges
If you face any DWI or alcohol-related charges, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Call the San Antonio Law Offices of attorney Patrick L. Hancock at 210-223-8844 or contact him online for a free and confidential consultation. He will aggressively address both the criminal and civil aspects of your Texas DWI charges.