DWI Penalties

If you have been arrested for DWI, you need legal representation from an attorney who has handled thousands of these complex criminal cases. At Vick Carney, our attorneys will fight to protect your rights and minimize the criminal penalties you face.

In Texas, a person with a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration) or under the influence of drugs is considered legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with drunk driving.

The first and biggest mistake you can make is not reading the materials you received upon your release from jail, specifically the information on the need to schedule a hearing regarding administrative license revocation (ALR) within a mandatory 15-day period.

Multiple DWI Convictions Increase the Severity of the Consequences

  • A first offense results in a fine of up to $2,000, three to 180 days in jail, and loss of a driver's license for up to a year. Retaining your driver's license is an option, but will cost $1,000 to $2,000 annually for three years.
  • Second offenses carry a fine of up to $4,000, one month to one year in jail, and driver's license suspension of up to two years. Retaining your license remains an option, with annual fees ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
  • With a third offense, fines increase to $10,000 with a prison sentence of two to 10 years. Driver's license suspension is for two years, with annual fees from $1,000 to $2,000 to retain your license.

Additional Penalties You May Face if Arrested for Drunk Driving

  • A DWI with a child younger than 15 years old in the vehicle is charged as child endangerment and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, up to two years in a state jail, and driver's license suspension of 180 days.
  • Refusing to take a blood or breath test will result in your driver's license being automatically suspended for 180 days.
  • After two or more DWI convictions within a five-year span, you are required to install an ignition switch that will prevent your vehicle from starting if you are under the influence of alcohol.

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