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San Antonio DWI Attorney Fights Drunk Driving Charges

Determined Texas DUI defense lawyer protects your freedom and your driver license

If you have been arrested for a DWI in the San Antonio area, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer immediately. Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. is eminently qualified to help you fight charges of driving while intoxicated. Failing to act quickly could jeopardize your ability to oppose a license suspension or prepare a solid defense for trial. You have only 15 days from the date of your arrest to start these critical aspects of your defense. If you have a commercial driver license, your defense is even more important because you could lose your ability to make a living. Don’t treat a DWI like a common traffic ticket. Put a board-certified criminal law specialist in your corner who will aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in your case.

Experienced DWI defense counselor advises on potential penalties

In Texas, a person whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or above is considered legally intoxicated. But if you are a commercial driver on the job, the legal limit is 0.04 percent, and drivers under the age of 21 can be cited for DWI with a BAC of only 0.02 percent. Even if your BAC is under the legal limit, you can still be convicted if you are visibly impaired.

I know what’s at stake when Texans are convicted of DWI and will work to provide a comprehensive defense that may challenge the legality of the stop as well as breath and blood test results, which can be flawed. Penalties for a standard DWI in Texas are as follows:

  • First offense — Up to $2,000 fine and 72 hours to 180 days in jail
  • Second offense — Up to $4,000 fine, 30 days to one year in jail, driver license suspension, mandatory jail time of up to 30 days as a condition of probation, breath test device installed in your vehicle(s), multiple courses and meetings related to alcohol and substance abuse, community service, and an annual surcharge of up to $1,500 for three years to keep your license.
  • Third offense — Up to $4,000 fine, two to 10 years in state penitentiary, driver license suspension of up to two years, mandatory jail time of up to 180 days as a condition of probation, breath test device installed in your vehicle(s), and an annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for three years to keep your license.

Additionally, drivers accused of DWI can face enhancements for extreme DWI, for a BAC of 0.15 percent or greater, or for driving with a minor age 15 or under in the car. These escalating penalties make it critically important to fight your first and subsequent DWI case aggressively with a capable criminal defense attorney at your side.

Accomplished trial lawyer manages felony DWI charges

A third DWI charge in Texas is a felony offense, which can result in at least two years in state prison. But you can also face felony charges if you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and an accident occurred causing bodily injury or death to a person. You could be charged with:

  • Intoxication assault — If you cause another person to suffer a significant risk of death, serious and permanent disfigurement, or damage that impairs function of a body part or organ, you can be convicted of a third-degree felony.
  • Intoxication manslaughter — If you kill another person while operating a motor vehicle under the influence, you can be convicted of a second-degree felony.

These are serious charges that demand proven legal representation. After 30 years of practice as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, I have the knowledge and the skills to fight for your best possible outcome.

Contact a skilled San Antonio DWI defense lawyer

A DWI arrest can damage your reputation, impose severe financial costs, and place you in jeopardy of incarceration. To pursue the best possible outcome, retain a proven defense lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C., call (210) 227-1500 or contact my San Antonio office online today.

  • "Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of" - Nicoli

  • "I found Mr. Shaeffer to be very responsive, effective, and strategic. There was never any doubt in my mind that he had my best interest at the forefront of his efforts in handling my case." - Ron

  • "When you have been wrongfully accused of having an affair with a student, you must acquire legal counsel before you even speak to the police, even if you are the person who reports the rumors. Tylden Schaeffer advised me to not have a second interview with the police department and found time in his schedule to meet with me that day. After the meeting, I had a path to move forward on and that included a well written statement that Mr. Schaeffer crafted. After submitting this in lieu of a second interview with the police, there were no more problems with the school district or police department. Mr. Schaeffer did a superb job and had me resting more easily following our meetings. I would highly recommend Mr. Schaeffer to anyone in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney." - Anonymous

  • "Tylden has been nothing but excellent while representing me. He’s been very upfront, honest, and cooperative with not only myself, but with my family as well. I don’t just feel like a number, he treats you like if you’re his only client. I’d definitely recommend him to anybody I know if they are in need of legal help. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend Tylden Shaeffer!" - Joel

  • "Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of what could potentially be the outcome of my case, and it was dim. However he asked me what i wanted and was creative enough to deliver at an extremely affordable price. He has the knowledge to defend you, and the experience to win. I’m very happy with how he handled my case. His office is also only blocks away from the court house and he is always prompt. I don’t usually write reviews, but Mr. Tylden Shaeffer deserves to be recognized." - Nicoli

  • "When I got charged with my DWI I already expected to go through a long, painful process from the beginning. But, Mr. Shaeffer and his staff made my whole experience quick and easy with their great communication and professionalism. He was always straight forward and I could tell he had my best interest in mind. He made sure I didn’t get charged with “extreme intoxication”, while also reducing my fines and the length of my probation. I highly recommend him to anyone!" - Alex

  • "Mr. Shaeffer is a great attorney , very professional, very nice and is willing to work with you and help u threw any situation u may have or need help with . I recommend Mr. Shaeffer to anyone who needs help with any kind of legal issues or problems. Anyone who has asked me about an attorney i most definitely tell them Mr. Shaeffer and give them his info. Thank you for all your help and everything u have done for me and my family. You are a awesome attorney! Highly Recommend" - Anonymous

  • "Tylden is a fantastic attorney. He thoroughly prepared for my case and did an amazing job of relating to the judge and jury. I highly recommend Tylden. Would recommend to anyone!" - Skyler

  • "Tylden got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor. He saved my life. I didn’t have to pester him for information and updates about my case and his staff is well informed and helpful. He personally attended each and every one of my hearings and was just as concerned about restoring my reputation as I was. He recently got a motion for non-disclosure filed and approved by the judge so I will never have to admit this mistake ever happened. I would recommend Tylden to anyone! He is a highly intelligent and competent attorney. The Best!" - Anonymous

  • "I was represented by Mr. Shaeffer years ago (2004). He would travel from San Antonio all the way to Del Rio to represent me. My father and I were accused of wrong doing by federal agents and we had done nothing. We, my father and I were on trial simultaneously. We had hired an attorney and found out later he was friends with the prosecutor and wanted us to accept a plea bargain. “We did nothing wrong”, I cried to him. He insisted that we accept due to it being impossible to beat the Government. My father and I were close to giving up when we met Mr. Shaeffer. Mr. Shaeffer believed in us and fought for us. Because of him, I never saw prison walls nor was I ever away from my family. It was one of the most difficult times in my life, but thankfully we met a Godsend attorney and justice prevailed." - Anonymous

Case Results
Intoxication Manslaughter – Reduced Sentence

While client was already on probation for DWI when arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter. Client pleaded guilty to the jury and jury awarded probation where State sought prison term from the jury.

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