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DWI Defense Attorney

Getting arrested for DWI, or driving while intoxicated, can be a painful and embarrassing experience that most people want to forget.

At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we help you overcome this difficult time by minimizing any charges or penalties related to the arrest.

Learn more about how a DWI defense attorney at our Austin, TX, practice can guide you through your case...

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Five Reasons To Hire a DWI Attorney

Present the Best Evidence

An attorney skilled in DWI defense can present evidence in your favor and identify problems with the prosecution's evidence. Our criminal defense lawyer understands when it is appropriate to file a motion to suppress evidence, weakening the state's case against you.

Access to Expert Testimony

Expert testimony can be used to discredit test results and question the procedures and processes that were used in the DWI arrest. Our criminal defense lawyer knows when it can be beneficial to bring in experts to testify on your behalf.

Trial Experience

Jason Trumpler has been practicing for over 20 years and has extensive specialized training in the area of DWI. He has handled more than 100 DUI and DWI trials in Texas and California. If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer in Austin, Jason Trumpler has the experience to provide you with high-quality representation.

A Reduced Sentence

If you fear a conviction or restrictions to your freedom, the best thing you can do is consult a DWI lawyer. An attorney with a background in DWI defense may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced. If you are charged with a DWI or lesser crime, we will do everything we can to reduce jail time, fines, license suspension, and any other penalties associated with the case.

Protect Your Future

Avoiding a conviction or getting charged with a lesser crime can keep your record clean and keep you out of jail, greatly limiting the impact that the DWI charge can have on your life. At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we know how DWI penalties can prevent you from gaining meaningful employment and moving on with your life. We are here to protect your future and your rights.

But What Will It Cost to Hire a DWI Lawyer?

The cost of hiring a DWI lawyer can prevent some people from securing good legal representation. However, it is important to remember that by minimizing the consequences of the DWI, we are able to free up more of your time and money, which can be invaluable. It may even be possible to avoid jail time and fines completely.

At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, our clients can expect our DWI attorney services to cost between $3,000 and $10,000. Before you commit to retaining our services, we offer free consultations to review your case and discuss what we can do for you.

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Tess Andrews

December, 2018

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A family member of mine had a first time DWI case and Jason came in, did what he had to do and it resulted in what I think is probably the best case scenario for her situation. He definitely knows what he’s doing and proves himself as the best in town. Jason, without you I’m not really sure where we would have ended up. My family is grateful for your work.

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Sarah Garner

August, 2019

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Good communication; Jason has a lot of experience, Has worked as a prosecutor. He is very knowledgeable, straightforward, and well known. His assistant Mia has amazing time management, with the ability to answer all/ most questions; if she does not have an answer, she will find out and call you as soon as she finds out.

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Contact Our Attorney for Help with Your DWI Case

Jason Trumpler obtained his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He went on to work as a prosecutor with the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Ventura County District Attorney's Office, where he handled thousands of criminal law cases in the pre-trial and trial stage. Mr. Trumpler then joined a DUI defense firm in California. Today, Mr. Trumpler runs his private practice, representing people who have been arrested on criminal charges in Austin, Georgetown, Travis County, and other areas of Central Texas.

Contact our criminal defense law firm online to schedule a free consultation about your DWI or call us at:

(512) 645-1140 

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DWI: How Your Case Will Proceed

Arrest

The arrest is the first stage of the DUI process. Our criminal defense lawyer will review all of the circumstances of your arrest to determine if the police officer had probable cause and all tests were administered properly.

Booking

Immediately after the arrest, you will be taken into custody for booking. After all of your information is recorded and processed, you will be moved to a holding cell until bail is posted or you are brought to court.

Bail

Bail is a fee that allows for your conditional release from custody. After posting bail, you are released, but you are required to attend future court proceedings related to your case.

Arraignment

At the arraignment, the criminal charges are reviewed and the defendant must submit a plea. The judge in the DWI case may set additional restrictions and a future court date.

Plea Bargain

At this time, the criminal defense attorney and prosecutor come together to try and resolve the case out of court. At this time, we may recommend that you plead guilty to a lesser crime, such as reckless driving or obstruction of a highway, in exchange for a dismissal of the DWI charge.

Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is not held for misdemeanor DWI charges, only for felony cases. At this time, the judge determines if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Pre-Trial Motions

When we take on your case, we will carefully review all of the evidence against you. If the methods used to obtain the evidence can be called into question, our criminal defense attorney will file a motion to suppress evidence. We will also argue for and against the use of witnesses to help us obtain a more favorable outcome.

Trial

If we are unable to obtain a plea bargain and you are pleading not guilty, we will proceed to trial. This phase of the DWI defense process encompasses many stages as well, including jury selection, opening statements, the prosecution' and defense's arguments, jury deliberation, and the verdict.

Sentencing

If a plea bargain is reached or a guilty verdict is returned by the court, we will go into the final phase: sentencing. The penalties for a DWI conviction vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the case.

When Should I
Contact an Attorney?

If you have been arrested for DWI, we recommend that you contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we are available to answer calls 24/7 to assist you with jail release and any other questions you may have at the time of the arrest, booking, or bond process.

Keep in mind that you are not required to speak with officers beyond providing them with your basic information, such as your driver's license and insurance policy. You can invoke your constitutional right to remain silent and have an attorney present during the arrest and booking process. If a police officer asks you how much you have had to drink, we suggest that you politely decline to answer and request to have an attorney present. It is important to avoid saying anything that can be used against you in court.

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February 2, 2015

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Mr. Trumpler handled my DWI case in Williamson County. Very trustworthy and professional. Helped me fight until the end in order to get a fair offer and settlement. Highly recommended.

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James K.

February 13, 2017

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Jason was very professional, thorough and patient. He represented me and was able to lower my charge. If you need legal representation,  I highly recommend Jason Trumpler.

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Contact Us Today

Criminal law and DUI defense are specific areas of law. You need a criminal defense lawyer with a background in resolving these cases through plea bargains and in court. Jason Trumpler's extensive knowledge in criminal defense law means he is qualified to minimize the effects of your DWI.

Contact our criminal defense law firm online or call us at (512) 645-1140 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled criminal defense attorney. We serve clients in Austin, Georgetown, Travis County, and other areas of Central Texas.

What Penalties Can I Avoid or Minimize with the Help of a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Jail Time

Jail time is a possible consequence in any criminal defense case. For a first-time DWI in which the blood-alcohol content (BAC) is below .15 percent, the minimum recommended jail sentence is three days. For intoxication manslaughter, or a DWI that causes death, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years.

Fines

If you have been arrested for your first DWI with a BAC under .15 percent, you can expect to pay no more than $2,000 in fines. A third DWI offense will result in a fine up to $10,000.

License Restrictions

Those arrested for DWI may have their license suspended for anywhere from 90 days to two years. In addition, they may have to pay up to $2,000 a year for up to three years to retain their license. These restrictions can affect a person's employment and ability to pay their bills, making it important to work with a criminal defense lawyer that can limit these penalties.

Your Record

Having an offense such as a DWI on your record can affect your future in a number of ways. A first-time offense with a BAC under .15 percent is a class B misdemeanor; these offenders are eligible to apply for non-disclosure, which limits who can see your criminal record.

If you have been charged with a felony DWI, we will determine if there is a way to get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. A felony DWI conviction can make it more difficult for you to get a job. In any criminal defense case, our attorney will work to get your charges reduced so your record doesn't affect any future opportunities.

Other Penalties
in DWI Cases

At our criminal law practice in Travis County, serving Georgetown and nearby communities, we want to limit the consequences of your DUI. Instead of jail time and fines, we may be able to get the prosecutors or judge to agree to alcohol education classes and community service. These are typically considered to be lighter penalties, but they allow defendants to learn from their actions and give back to the community. Our criminal defense attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed if you agree to attend alcohol education classes or community services.

Another potential consequence of a DWI is the installation of an ignition interlock device. The court may require you to have an approved device installed by an approved contractor; in addition, your license will be restricted, only allowing you to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

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Grzegorz Matusiak

September, 2019

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Mr. Jason Trumpler is en excellent lawyer. Our case was probably relatively small yet required experience and knowledge. Mr.  Trumpler navigated through it very well. As a person he is  receptive, easy to communicate with and highly skilled. Recommend without hesitation.

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Tina Fore

November, 2018

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Jason Trumpler is exceptional. It doesn't matter if you have a parking ticket or a more serious offense. He treats all cases (and clients) the same. I have referred many friends to Mr. Trumpler and will continue to do so. If you need an attorney, Jason Trumpler is the one to turn to!

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What Factors
Affect the Consequences in a DWI Case?

BAC Level

The legal limit for BAC for adults in Texas is .08 percent. However, DWI charges and penalties are likely to be even more severe if a driver's BAC levels are .15 percent or above.

The Number of Offenses

Texas has established harsher sentencing guidelines for drivers convicted of second and third DWIs.

Child in the Car

A DWI with a child in the car is an automatic felony in Texas. Offenders can face up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Injuries or Death

If a DWI accident results in the injury or death of another person, the driver charged with the crime will likely face felony charges, jail time, fines, and license suspension.

Contact The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler
to Discuss Your Case

At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we will carefully examine all of the aspects of your arrest to build the best possible case in your defense. Mr. Trumpler has in-depth knowledge of search and seizure laws, proper field sobriety and chemical testing protocol, and appropriate police procedure. He will investigate every possible avenue to dispute the state's case and get your charges dropped or reduced.

Our law firm is conveniently located in Austin, Travis County, serving Georgetown and surrounding areas. Contact The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler online or call us at (512) 645-1140 to schedule a case review with our criminal law attorney.

DUI vs. DWI in Texas

DUI and DWI are often used interchangeably, but there are actual legal distinctions between these two terms in the state of Texas. For adults in Texas, DWI, or driving while intoxicated, is the legal term for this crime.

In Texas, a DUI, or driving under the influence, charge can be filed when a person under the age of 21 is driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system. Texas is a zero-tolerance state, and it is illegal for drivers under the legal drinking age to have any alcohol in their system. An underage DUI can result in a $500 fine, 60-day license suspension, community service, and alcohol education classes. If underage drivers have a BAC above .08 percent, they can also be charged with DWI.

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September 22, 2016

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Great lawyer, best in Texas. He gets the job done right.

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Jason Trumpler

The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler

Jason Trumpler has handled thousands of criminal cases over nearly 20 years. He is a current or past member of several national, state, and local legal associations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense®
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association

Contact our firm online or call us at (512) 457-5200 for a free case review.

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