Every year, Texas police crack down on DWI enforcement over the holidays, with the grand finale happening on New Year’s Eve. If you were one of the unlucky drivers to be charged this year, then you are probably wondering what you should do next.

Should you just plead guilty and pay the fine so that you can put this whole thing behind you? No.

A drunk driving conviction doesn’t just end when you plead guilty. It can result in jail time, the loss of your driver’s license and increased insurance premiums. Additionally, you can be left with a permanent criminal record that can affect job, loan and housing opportunities for years to come.

The only way to avoid these consequences is by fighting the charges with the help of a lawyer.

Why you should always fight DWI charges

A DWI is always worth fighting, even if you don’t think you have a winning case. If you are not a lawyer, then you don’t know what potential defenses may be available in your case.

For example, the way you were pulled over may have violated the law, or there could have been problems with the breath or blood test that you were given. In some cases, the arresting officer provides different versions of what happened, which could discredit his or her side of story.

The only way to know for sure if you have a valid defense is to meet with an experienced lawyer who can look into what happened and give you solid advice.

To be honest, it isn’t easy to beat a DWI case in Texas these days. In fact, in some cases it can be difficult to avoid a felony DWI charged. However, the only chance you have at mitigating the situation — and reaching the most favorable outcome possible — is by getting a lawyer on your side immediately.