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Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense

Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense is an experienced and successful criminal defense law practice based in Austin, Texas. Attorneys Blair Carroll and Meredith “Shelly” Troberman have successfully defended HUNDREDS OF CRIMINAL CASES ranging from possession of illicit substances to DWI/DUI cases. Both attorneys have extensive experience in the legal system and have tried and gotten acquittal of high profile criminal defendants by compiling detailed cases and thoroughly examining their clients particular situation. Carroll and Troberman both have a terrific track record of success in proving the innocence of their clients and greatly minimizing their penalty under the law.

Blair Carroll has practiced criminal defense law exclusively for the last 8 years. He's practiced in the Austin area since 2007. Shelly Troberman offers expert insight into criminal defense. For four years she served as a prosecuting attorney for Travis county. Both Shelly and Blair dedicate themselves to defending those who have been accused of crimes in the Austin metro area and look forward to serving you as well.

Charged with DWI in Austin

Driving While Intoxicated is a serious offense. If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with a DWI in the Austin area, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in these cases. Attorneys Carroll and Troberman offer extensive knowledge and experience to defend you, achieving the best possible results independent of how involved your DWI offense may be.

Our attorneys always offer a unique value to your case. With Shelly's experience on the prosecution aspect of any case and Blair's defense experience, together they are committed to defending your case with everything they've got.

At Carroll Troberman criminal defense we understand the shame and stress that follows a DWI arrest. Remember, this is something we do on a daily basis. Please know that we are not here to judge you, but rather, to help you get over this charge and on with your life.

If you are caught in Austin driving under the influence of alcohol or other drug/substance, you may be charged with a criminal DWI. A DWI conviction or a “no contest” plea comes with a great price, including fees as high as $10,000, jail time, loss of your driver’s license and possible probation.

The state’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to determine intoxication are as follows:

  • 21 years old or older: 0.08%
  • Commercial drivers: 0.04%
  • Younger than 21 years old: Any detectable amount

Did you think you could just have one more drink and be fine to drive? DWI charges often come as a surprise to those being charged. If you have been arrested for a DWI you know by now that the standards by which the state judges your level of operability is completely unrelated to whether you think you are well enough to drive or not.

Understanding DWI Implications And Penalties

DWI charges are very serious and could lead to a lot of headache, even years from now. It is important that you seek legal counsel and representation as soon as possible in order to eliminate or at least, minimize your DWI liability unto the state. A DWI conviction can be very debilitating to one who seeks employment, especially if the task to be performed involves any type of driving at all. Many employers, prior to making a job offer to a potential employee, run a background check that will invariably show your DWI record, tainting your chances of landing a great job. In addition to the many implications related to a criminal record, there are various other obligations that will be incurred as a result of a DWI related arrest. These include:

State imposed fines and surcharges, beyond court costs:

  • Driver’s license revocation
  • Community service
  • Jail time, even for first time offenders
  • DWI intervention and education programs (classes)
  • Increased insurance rates

If you are a minor (under 21 year old) driving on Texas roads, you imply you give consent for law enforcement to check your breath or blood for possible alcohol presence. Should you choose to refuse a test, your drivers license can automatically be suspended for 6 months. The state of Texas has a zero tolerance law for minors. This means no presence of alcohol whatsoever is tolerated while driving a motor vehicle. First time offense brings with it a hefty slew of penalties:

Minor (Under 21 Years Old):

First Offense

  • Driver’s license suspension up to 2 years
  • Up to $500 fine
  • 12 hours of educational class on the dangers of drinking and driving
  • 180 days of additional suspension if you don’t complete the 12 training

Adults (21 Years Old +):

First Offense

  • Up to a $2,000 fine.
  • Jail time between 3 days and 180 days.
  • License suspension for up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program
  • Possible ignition interlock device

Second Offense

  • Up to a $4,000 fine.
  • Jail time between 1 month and 1 year.
  • License suspension up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program
  • Possible ignition interlock device

Third Offense

  • Up to a $10,000 fine.
  • State prison time between 2 years and 10 years.
  • License suspension up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program
  • Possible ignition interlock device


Charged With A Crime In Austin

If you have been arrested for a crime, REMAIN SILENT. Law enforcement is trained to build a case against those who they believe are at fault. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. The only thing you need to say is that you want an attorney. As soon as possible, contact our office and we’ll take it from there. Statements that are taken by law enforcement are often times bent and they will push for a confession as much as they can. High stress situations such as an arrest do not play in favor of the one being arrested and more often than not, the accused ends up saying things that may not even be accurate. Cooperating with law enforcement is fine, so long as it is done under the council and advisement of an experienced attorney who can secure your interest and provide you with the guidance needed to minimize or eliminate your liability altogether.

When you hire the services of Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, we will immediately start working on your case and utilize our knowledge of the the law and teh legal system to provide you with the best possible outcome for your case. While the prosecution will work hard to bring a conviction against you, we will work to diffuse their arguments and build your defense. Criminal defense attorneys in Austin are many, but only Carroll Troberman offers you the benefit of working with a defense attorney that for 4 plus years worked as a prosecutor for Travis county. We are bringing insight and knowledge from both sides of the coin to help you.

Call our office right now and get a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can and will help you navigate through this hard time.