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DWI & Immigration: What Non-Citizens Should Know

Updated: Sep 27, 2023 @ 8:38 pm

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If you’re an immigrant or non-citizen and find yourself entangled in a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charge, there’s more at stake than the typical legal consequences faced by citizens. Beyond hefty fines and potential imprisonment, your very right to reside in the United States could hang in the balance.

In Texas, DWI enforcement borders on oppressive policing. According to local news reports, the rate of DWI charges in Harris County alone is alarming. So, perhaps the enforcement efforts by local law enforcement have merit. However, it doesn’t mean your arrest was fair or that you can be convicted.

Understanding DWI Charges

DWI is the offense of operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the limit of 0.08%, you’ll be charged for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). But for immigrants, enforcement is not just about your BAC reading.

Constitutional Protections

Fighting DWI Charges as a Non-Citizen

The Constitution of the United States grants certain inalienable rights to all individuals within this nation’s borders. However, when criminal charges like DWI are mixed with immigration concerns, things can get a tad more convoluted.

While one might argue that a DWI charge shouldn’t impact immigration status based on the Constitution’s protections, it’s not that straightforward.

If you’re a non-citizen facing a DWI charge in Texas, it’s not just about fines or community service. Even a seemingly minor infraction can lead to immigration complications. For non-citizens, a DWI conviction could act as a trigger for deportation or hinder the renewal of a visa or green card.

Fight Back Against DWI Charges

Contact Tad Nelson & Associates

If you’re represented by Attorneys Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock, non-citizens are assured of a free & confidential consultation. With our stellar reviews on Google, a pristine record with the State Bar of Texas, and a commitment to affordable legal services, our goal is to be a beacon of hope for any facing prosecution by the State of Texas.

If you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney about fighting DWI charges anywhere in the Greater Houston region, contact our law firm today. Call us at 713-802-1631.

Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A Nelson is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the TBLS.

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