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Texas DWI Penalties

Everyone needs to understand that a conviction will be on your record forever. There is no difference between pleading guilty and being found guilty by a jury. Guilty is Guilty.

If you are found guilty, either by a plea or by a jury, the following are the ranges of punishment you would face:

Penalties of a Conviction

First DWI Conviction
Second DWI Conviction
Third (or More) DWI Conviction
Intoxication Assault – 3rd Degree Felony
Intoxication Manslaughter – 2nd Degree Felony

Every year in Texas, 1,000 people die from alcohol-related  accidents, making this the deadliest state in the country. Because of this, the  DWI penalties for driving while intoxicated in the state of Texas are some of  the harshest and most serious in the country. Unfortunately, having any of  these penalties permanently on your record can have a serious effect on your  future, from your career to your finances and more.

If you have been charged with a first-time driving while  intoxicated (DWI) offense, it is a considered a class B misdemeanor if you are  convicted. This type of charge can also carry with it anywhere from a minimum  of 72 hours to a maximum of six months in county jail in some cases. You may  also face 90 to 180 days of license suspension for a first-time DWI offense,  although some first-time offenders may be eligible for an occupational license  if the court believes it is an "essential need."

Some other DUI penalties that often come with this type  of conviction include multiple fines and costs, time spent in Texas DWI school  and a set amount of community service hours.

If you are facing a second, third or higher DWI  conviction, the penalties and consequences often become worse. For instance, a  second DWI offence is considered a class A misdemeanor carrying with it a  minimum of 30 days in jail and a maximum of one year. Fines can also be as high  as $4,000 for a second-time DWI offender if convicted. However, many other  administrative and court fees could apply making the overall costs much higher.

The harshest penalties of a conviction that come with  driving while intoxicated come when intoxication assault (3rd degree felony)  and intoxication manslaughter (2nd degree felony) are involved. Most Judges  will not put an ignition interlock as a condition of your bond if it is your first  DWI. However, if you are charged with Intoxicated Assault, Manslaughter or  a subsequent DWI (no matter how long ago your first DWI was), you are required  by law to install an ignition interlock device on your car. You also are not  allowed to drive any vehicle that is not equipped with an interlock device.

Because of the serious amount of drunk driving penalties  that can come with even your first DWI conviction, it is absolutely essential  that you hire an experienced DWI lawyer to help fight your charges and bring  you the best possible outcome for your case. Our experienced team of attorneys  at The Wilder Firm can help fight your case and ensure that the outcome does  not affect your future in any negative way.

As DUI/DWI criminal defense attorneys in Texas, we have a  proven record of winning the most difficult cases. In addition to our superior  litigation skills, our DWI  Defense Lawyers have guided many people with DWI charges from Dallas County &  the surrounding area. If being convicted of a DUI/DWI is not an option, contact  The Wilder Firm for a FREE CASE CONSULTATION by calling 469-227-0772.

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As DUI/DWI criminal defense attorneys at Texas, we have a proven record of winning the most difficult cases. In addition to our superior litigation skills, our DWI Defense Lawyers have guided many people with DWI charges from Dallas County & the surrounding area.

If being convicted of a DUI/DWI is not an option, contact The Wilder Firm for a FREE CASE CONSULTATION by calling 214-741-4000 or by filling out the form below:

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Our DUI/DWI criminal defense attorneys have a proven record of winning the most difficult cases. In addition to their superior litigation skills, our attorneys have undergone extensive training in the administration of Field Sobriety and Intoxilyzer Tests.

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If you have recently been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and need assistance fighting for your case, be sure to contact The Wilder Firm’s knowledgeable paralegal staff at 214-741-4000 for your FREE case evaluation.