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DWI Penalties in Texas

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Across the nation, state laws impose harsh penalties on individuals convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Because of the threat to public safety and statistics regarding injuries and fatalities connected with DWI, laws and penalties are designed to harshly punish offenders.

At Austin Defense Team, we are dedicated to providing legal defense to those facing DWI charges. We believe that, just as it is the responsibility of law enforcement to prosecute violations of the law, it is our responsibility to make sure our clients are dealt with fairly and within their rights.

Read on to learn more about the penalties for DWI in Texas or call our Austin DWI lawyer at (512) 399-3221 to discuss your case.

What Are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?

If you have recently been arrested for DWI in Texas, the penalties you may be facing depend on the specifics of your case.

Variables that may affect the severity of the penalties include:

  • Whether you have been convicted of DWI before
  • If there were underage children in the vehicle at the time of the arrest
  • Property damage or injury caused by the action of driving while intoxicated
  • The blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of the arrest

Due to these variables, penalties for a DWI conviction can range fairly dramatically. Penalties may include:

  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
  • Driver’s license suspension of 90 days to 2 years
  • Jail time of 72 hours to 2 years and/or probation
  • Mandatory attendance at a DWI education/intervention program
  • Ignition interlock device installation on your vehicle
  • Annual SR-22 insurance for three years

Driving while intoxicated when there is a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle is referred to as a DWI with a Child Passenger and can lead to up to $10,000 in fines and up to two years in jail, in addition to a 180 day license suspension.

If another person is injured or killed while the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol, the DWI charge will be elevated to a second or third degree felony DWI and involve more severe penalties as a result.

Contact Austin Defense Team for a Case Evaluation

While the legal penalties for DWI are already severe, the reality is that the consequences for a conviction extend beyond fines and jail time. Having a DWI conviction on your record can have negative effects on your career and education goals, impact your personal relationships, and work against you in potential future legal conflicts.

When facing a DWI charge in Texas, it is imperative to the outcome of your case that you equip yourself with strong legal defense. At Austin Defense Team, we use our extensive knowledge of the law, experience in law enforcement and the legal field, and dedication to upholding our clients’ rights to defend you.

Contact us at (512) 399-3221 today to schedule your free case evaluation with our team.

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