Michael & Associates, Attorneys at Law

The San Marcos, TX DWI / DUI Lawyer that Cares

Charged with driving while intoxicated?  Michael & Associates has been fighting DWIs in San Marcos for years.

Arrested for DWI in San Marcos?
We are able to help.

Have you been arrested for DWI in San Marcos?

Being arrested for DWI is a nerve-wracking event. We understand what you are going through, and want to help.

If you were arrested with a BAC above 0.08, you can face severe penalties. Driving while intoxicated is one of the more frequent arrests in the area of San Marcos.

That said, the state of Texas and the Hays County court system will not go easy on DWI violators.  That's where Michael & Associates comes in.

A DWI Conviction Can Mean Fines and Jail

Just because DWI is a common offense in San Marcos that does not mean that the penalties aren't strict.  

The truth is, the consequences for losing your case can be severe.

DWI convictions follow these guidelines:

First Offense: 

  • As much as a $2000 fine
  • From 3 days to six months in jail
  • Suspension of your driver's license - as much as a year

Second Offense:

  • As much as a $2000 fine
  • From one to twelve months in jail
  • Suspension of your driver's license for up to 2 years

Third Offense:

  • As much as a $10,000 fine
  • From two to ten years in prison
  • Suspension of your driver's license for as much as 2 years
  • Permanent felony record

That's not including sentence enhancements for property damage or child endangerment.

Don't Let One Mistake Cost You

The loss of your transportation, the permanent record, the difficulty finding a job, and the insurance hikes can follow you for years.  

The situation is serious, and you need a strong legal defense.

We are the experienced legal team you need in your corner. We have 10 years of experience winning cases just like yours. Let's get back into the fight.

Michael & Associates Has Your Back

Here at Michael & Associates, we have been arguing DWI cases for 10 years. 

After hundreds of DWI cases in and around San Marcos, we have the experience you need by your side. We have gotten most of our client's cases dismissed or reduced.

It's because we offer a high-touch, white-glove DWI defense.  Because we treat each case as unique, we can offer a flexible defense tailored to your situation.

By changing to suit the needs of our clients, we are able to see outside the box. Other firms are locked into rigid structures and flowcharts. They see you as a number. We promise to craft a custom defense and give you the best chance for a good outcome.

You're in the best of hands with Michael & Associates.  Call us today to begin crafting your custom defense. Don't delay.


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Why we're the Right San Marcos DWI Lawyer for You

Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney AVVO

Recent DWI Cases in San Marcos

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

Location: San Marcos, TX

Allegations: After being pulled over for swerving in traffic, the client failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.


Result: Case dismissed on procedural grounds

Charges Reduced

Charge: Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense

Location: San Marcos, TX

Allegations: Our client was pulled over and failed their breathalyzer. They also failed the field sobriety test after that. It was their second DWI arrest.

Result: Plea bargained to a reckless driving offense

Case Dismissed

Charge: Driving Under the Influence

Location: San Marcos, TX

Allegations: Client was arrested after merging without signaling. They failed their field sobriety test, and blood test.


Result: Case Dismissed

How a DWI Conviction Affects Auto Insurance Rates

In San Marcos, the average annual cost of car insurance is $780. For drivers with DWI convictions, the average annual cost of auto insurance is $1,123, an increase of $343.

Breakdown by Gender

Without DWI Conviction $804 $756
With DWI Conviction $1,158 $1,089
Increase $354 $333

Breakdown by Age

Without DWI Conviction $1,032 $672 $612 $576 $456 $552
With DWI Conviction $1,486 $968 $881 $829 $657 $795
Increase $454 $296 $269 $253 $201 $243

Don't Let a DWI Increase your Insurance Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

About Michael & Associates

Because Michael & Associates offers the white glove treatment, we can deliver the best possible defense for our clients.

The bigger firms will charge you less and promise you the moon. But are they really working for you? When you have a question or concern, they will be nowhere to be found.  That's because they are case mills, churning through cases as fast as possible.

At Michael & Associates, we only take a limited number of cases, to allow us the ability to focus on one case at a time.

We give every client our managing partner's personal cell phone number, and invite them to call anytime. With the big firms, you are lucky if the answering service passes your message on, and you get a call back that same week.

Ben knows that this is a painful process for you, and will do everything he can to help you get through it as easily as possible. We want to help you get back to normal.

Michael & Associates accepts a diverse array of felony and misdemeanor cases:

  • DUI / DWI
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Assault & Battery
  • Family Violence
  • Domestic Abuse

We don't accept:

  • Traffic Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Civil Law

From Austin to Dallas, San Antonio to Hill Country, we accept clients from all over the great state of Texas. 

Driving While Intoxicated in San Marcos

In San Marcos, Hays County, and all of Texas, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher means you will be arrested for DWI.  Your BAC is the numerical representation of the alcohol saturation in your bloodstream.

Being over the legal limit is influenced by the number of drinks you had, your weight, and the amount of time that has passed since your last sip. Those are the main contributors to determining your BAC.

San Marcos bases the penalties on the number of previous arrests you had.

1st Offense

  • As much as a $2,000 fine
  • As many as six months in jail, with a 3-day mandatory sentence
  • As much as a year without a license

Second Offense

  • As much as a $4,000 fine
  • From a month to a year incarcerated
  • As much as a two year revocation of your DL

Third Offense

  • A $10,000 fine
  • 2 to 10 years in prison
  • Up to two years without a license

Sentence enhancements for child endangerment will be imposed if there was an underage passenger:

  • Increased fines up to $10,000
  • As much as two years in jail
  • Six more months DL suspension

Running from the police is a mistake. Don't do it. You will be arrested and more penalties will be imposed.

When the officer approaches your car, roll your window down and be polite. Never be aggressive to an officer, and when you are asked to show your documents, be sure to tell them where you are reaching. Above all, always be respectful.

An officer must have probable cause for the stop, so you will be asked if you knew what caused the stop. Always respectfully reply that you don't know. This leaves defense options open down the road.

Always be respectful, since you are certainly being recorded. You have a right to politely decline the tests, and if you expect to fail them, probably should do so. Simply say that you aren't comfortable and ask to speak with your attorney before taking any tests.

The officer might arrest you on suspicion anyway, and ask you to take a test. If you refuse you will lose your license for a year, but if convicted that happens anyway. Your lawyer can help you fight for reinstatement in any case. You can be compelled to take a blood test at the jail, but that warrant will take some time to get.

Never talk to police without your attorney present. Call your lawyer at the earliest opportunity. 

With the stakes so high, you should never simply accept a DWI conviction.  It doesn't matter if this is your first DWI arrest or your third. A great legal defense will almost always help you achieve a better result.

Helpful Locations for San Marcos Residents

San Marcos Courthouse
(512) 393-8190
712 S Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, TX 78666

San Marcos Police Department
(512) 753-2108
2300 S Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

Alcohol Treatment Facility
(512) 543-2842
300 S CM Allen Pkwy #200
San Marcos, TX 78666

Department of Motor Vehicles
(512) 353-2770
1400 N Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

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