Protect Your Rights And Driving Privileges After A DWI Charge
According to Texas Penal Code § 49.04, a person commits the offense of driving while intoxicated if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Even without a breath or blood test, prosecutors can try to argue that you were intoxicated due to not having the normal use of your mental or physical faculties.
Here at Lewis & Ashworth, PLLC, we know what it takes to help you get out of a tight spot. With more than three decades of combined legal experience as former prosecutors, our Plano DWI defense lawyers have spent years building relationships with opposing counsel, judges, and other members of the criminal justice system, and we are prepared to use our knowledge and skills for your benefit.
Call 214-856-6130 today for a free consultation with our highly skilled criminal defense attorneys in Plano.
Penalties For First Time And Multiple DWI Offenses In Texas
A DWI in Texas is generally considered a Class B misdemeanor, but penalties vary widely depending on whether it’s your first, second or third offense:
- First DWI: Maximum of 180 days in jail, $2,000 in fines, license suspension for one full year, and an additional fine of several thousand dollars.
- Second DWI: Maximum of one year in jail, $4,000 in fines, license suspension for one full year, and an additional fine of several thousand dollars.
- Third DWI: Maximum fine of $10,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison, license suspension for two years, and an additional fine of several thousand dollars.
If convicted of a DWI offense of any kind, you may also have to undergo mandatory community service, take driver’s education classes, and install an ignition interlock device on your car. You are also likely to see a sharp increase in your auto insurance premiums, which can create long-term financial difficulty for you and your loved ones. Further, having a DWI on your record can cast you in an unfavorable light in family law proceedings, reduce your chances of receiving a promotion or new job, and detrimentally impact your ability to obtain financing for major purchases such as real estate, automobiles, and more.