Have You Been arrested for DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED?

Don’t face the Judge alone! 




  • Dozens of Jury Trials
  • More than 100 DWI trials
  • Hundreds of DWI Clients represented
  • Thousands of hours spent in courtroom    


  • South Arkansas University, B.S.;
  • University of Arkansas School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Southern Methodist University, Master of Laws


  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing;
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement;
  • Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.


  • Practiced in the following courts:
  • Arkansas District Courts;
  • Arkansas Circuit Courts;
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals;
  • Arkansas Supreme Court;
  • United States District Court
  • United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Bankruptcy Court


If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the State of Arkansas, you are facing potential fines, jail time, community service, permanent damage to your record, loss of liability insurance and a loss of driving privileges.


You need the services of a well-qualified DWI defense lawyer.  Police Officers and Prosecuting Attorneys will be trying to convince a Judge to assess driver’s license suspensions, heavy fines, court costs and jail sentences against you.


It is possible for the right lawyer to successfully defend you against a DWI charge.

Not all lawyers are qualified to defend against a DWI charge. 


Gary McDonald is that well-educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced lawyer who is not afraid to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.


It is against the laws of State of Arkansas for a person to drive or to be in actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. A person is presumed to be intoxicated if he has a blood alcohol concentration in his breath, blood or urine of eight-hundredths (0.08) of one percent or more.  A person can also be found guilty of driving while intoxicated if other sufficient evidence is proven.


It is not against the law, under all circumstances, for an individual to drink and drive in the State of Arkansas. Further, just because a person is stopped by law enforcement personnel and arrested for driving under the influence does not mean that the person can be found guilty of DWI under Arkansas Law.


If you have been arrested for a DWI, remember that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Certain tests, steps and procedures must be followed and properly administered by the arresting officer in order to establish your guilt. If the arresting officer is not properly trained to administer those tests and procedures, you may have been wrongfully arrested for DWI.  A lawyer who is well educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced and not afraid is necessary to present a proper defense.


Gary McDonald is that well-educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced lawyer who is not afraid to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.


The State of Arkansas has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a driver was intoxicated and was operating or in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time the investigation began.


The U. S. Department of Transportation, through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, has identified three standard field sobriety tests that are designed to determine whether an individual is intoxicated.  Some police officers in this state are well trained. Those officers know how to properly administer the standardized field sobriety tests and to identify and report those clues of intoxication observed during the administration of the tests. Many if not most officers are not so well trained. 

A DWI defense lawyer who is well educated and properly trained will have sought education upon and mastered administration of the standardized field sobriety tests.  Unfortunately, many if not most lawyers (including prosecuting attorneys)  do not know how to administer the standardized field sobriety tests or how to analyze the results.  Those uneducated lawyers thus often will not have the capacity or ability to successfully question the arresting officer concerning standardized field sobriety testing.   


A well-educated, properly trained and sufficiently experienced DWI defense lawyer will make an independent investigation to discover all of the information which the police officer had at the time of the arrest in order to make an independent determination whether the facts will support a conviction. Moreover, that lawyer will design his defense to demonstrate the weakness of the state’s proof.


Gary McDonald is that well-educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced lawyer who is not afraid to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.  


For a FREE case evaluation, call Gary McDonald at the McDonald Law Firm.

Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
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