About Bobby Barrera Bobby is a San Antonio native who has been recognised as one of San Antonio’s Best Criminal Lawyers for the last 19 years and was voted #1 DWI Lawyer in San Antonio for 2022 as published in Scene in SA Magazine. Bobby is also rated by Super Lawyers in criminal law and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbel. He is the former President of the San Antonio Bar Association and was awarded the Mentor of the Year by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association in 2022. He was also a founding member of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and presently sits as Board Member of the TCDLA. Bobby Barrera Robert J Barrera PC 424 E. Nueva, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Tel: +1 210-227-7372 E: firstname.lastname@example.org is suggested that you never voluntarily supply a sample of breath or blood. I know of many cases in which a person’s test result was below the legal limit, and they were still arrested because of the “opinion” of the arresting officer. What happens after you are arrested? After your arrest you will be booked and formally charged with the offence of DWI. The punishment depends upon the number of arrests and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. For example, a DWI with an accident which includes serious injuries or death is a felony and generally results in prison time. Otherwise, almost all other DWI convictions are probation cases. Probation on misdemeanours generally lasts from one to two years. Felony probation can be for up to 10 years. Further, simply as a result of your arrest, the court can: (1) order that you not drink any alcohol; (2) order you to install an ignition interlock device in every vehicle which you own, and (3) order you to blow into an alcohol testing device three to six times a day. All of these conditions can be extended until the trial of your case, which may not occur for two years. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety also has the authority to suspend your driver’s license for up to 180 days. All of these consequences come before you have even been found guilty of being intoxicated. After a conviction, many of those same conditions will continue while on probation. Imagine being told that for the next two, three or four years, you may not consume a single alcoholic drink – that thought alone would drive most people to drink! Add in the cost of an attorney, court costs, probation fees, probation condition fees and expenses, lost time from work, increased insurance premiums, etc, and your first DWI arrest could easily cost you between $10,000 and $20,000 dollars. 51 JUN 2022 | WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM EXPERT INSIGHT After your arrest you will be booked and formally charged with the offence of DWI. The punishment depends upon the number of arrests and the circumstances surrounding the arrest.