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DWI Penalties in Texas

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What may have started out as a few harmless drinks can become a potentially life-changing moment when you see those red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror. DWI charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, and the penalties depend on the type of charge and the circumstances involved.

Don’t face these charges alone. The Fort Worth DWI attorney at Bryan Wilson, The Texas Law Hawk is prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf. We can help you every step of the way, answer your questions with honesty, and fight to protect your best interests in and out of the courtroom.

Learn more about the possible penalties you are facing and how our team can help. Contact us online or by phone at (817) 440-3953 today.

First Offense Penalties

If this is your first time being arrested and charged with a DWI, your penalties will most likely be less severe than defendants charged with multiple DWIs. However, the penalties for a first-time DWI conviction can still be steep.

Texas law mandates that a person convicted of a first-offense DWI be fined up to $2,000, spend 3 days to 6 months in jail, and perform 24 to 100 hours of community service. The Community Service Department may order specific directions in community service if they feel the need to address a special circumstance of the case. For example, a first-time offender who has a personal history of alcoholism may be directed to intervention or a Victim Impact Panel. Additionally, the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program may suspend your license for a period of 90 days to one year. Fort Worth DWI lawyer Bryan Wilson is prepared to advocate for you.

Second Offense Penalties

Second-time offenders typically face similar penalties as those of first-time offenders, but the conditions may be enhanced. Second-time offenders are almost always required to install an ignition interlock device on their cars, which prevents them from driving their car unless they administer a breathalyzer test. Additionally, second-time offenders may be fined up to $4,000, spend 30 days to a year in jail, and perform 80 to 200 hours of community service. The ALR Program usually suspends a second-time offender’s license from 180 days to two years.

Third Offense Penalties

A third-time DWI offense constitutes an aggravated DWI charge. This means that the charges are raised from a misdemeanor to a felony. If you are faced with an aggravated DWI, you may be facing up to $10,000 in fines, 2 to 10 years in the state penitentiary, 160 to 600 hours of community service, 180 days to 2 years of license suspension, and an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.

Additional Penalties

Keep in mind that these penalties will most likely be increased if there are aggravating or special circumstances regarding your case, such as an open alcohol container in the car, a record with alcohol problems, and especially an accident where someone was injured or killed. Typically, the conditions added to a sentence are designed to address the offender’s issues in a restorative manner. In the case of intoxication assault or manslaughter, however, the penalties enhance the amount of jail time, community service, and fines.

Some conditions that may be added to a sentence include:

  • Additional jail time
  • Additional fines
  • Alcohol treatment and interventions
  • DWI education
  • Ignition interlock devices
  • Alcohol restricted probation
  • Restitution payments
  • Enhanced license suspension

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