Texas DWI Penalties
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When you have been charged with a DWI in Texas, the consequences of a conviction can vary based on a number of factors, including the percentage of alcohol in your blood and whether you are a repeat offender. This page outlines the penalties for a DWI conviction in Texas. To get help when you have been charged, contact the law offices of Bailey & Galyen or call our office at one of the numbers listed below.
At Bailey & Galyen, we aggressively defend men and women charged with DWI, representing you in administrative proceedings to address the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges, as well as the criminal hearing regarding penalties. We built our practice and reputation on a commitment to open communication, taking the time to listen carefully to all your questions or concerns so that we can take the right steps to get the outcome you desire. We will update you on any developments in your case as well as your options so that you can make informed decisions.
A first DWI offense is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, with a minimum of 72 hours in jail, or six days if there is an open container in the vehicle. The fine cannot exceed $2,000, but other fees can be added, including administrative, evaluative and surcharge fees. The surcharge is $1,000 per year for three years, or $2,000 if your blood alcohol content was at or above twice the legal limit. Your license will be suspended for a year, but you can get an occupational license on an as-needed basis. You will also be required to complete a 12-hour DWI education program within 180 days or risk revocation of your license. The judge will order community service of not less than 24 hours and not more than 100 hours.
A second DWI offense is a Class A misdemeanor. You must serve a minimum of 72 hours, but can spend up to a year in jail. Fines can be up to $4,000, not including administrative, evaluative and surcharge fees. The surcharge fees are $1,500 per year for three years or $2,000 if your BAC is at or more than twice the legal limit. Your driving privileges can be suspended for 180 days to two years, but an occupational license Link to Practice Page is available on an as-needed basis. You will be required to attend a 32-hour DWI repeat offender program and must provide at least 80 but not more than 200 hours of community service.
A third DWI charge will be a third-degree felony, with a potential sentence of two to 10 years in the penitentiary.
For all DWI convictions, probation may be granted at the discretion of the judge or jury.
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