Driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or drugs is a criminal charge. A person who is convicted of this charge may face stiff penalties. Because an aggressive defense is often the best protection against a conviction and the penalties that come with it, it is wise to contact an experienced Austin criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Penalties for a DWI conviction in Texas depend on certain factors, like whether someone was injured, if there was a child in the car, and whether the conviction is the driver’s first, second, or third conviction. Common penalties for these convictions include:
- DWI First Offense: Three to 180 days in jail, up to $2,000 in fines, probation, and/or a drivers’ license suspension lasting from 90 days to one year.
- DWI Second Offense: 30 days to one year in jail, up to $4,000 in fines, probation, and/or a drivers’ license suspension lasting from 180 days to two years.
- DWI Third Offense: Two to 10 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, and/or a drivers’ license suspension from 180 days to two years.
- DWI with Child Passenger: Six months to two years in jail, up to $10,000 in fines, probation, and/or a drivers license suspension from 180 days to two years.
In addition, you may face a surcharge of $1,000 to $2,000 per year for three years to keep your driver’s license and other penalties related to your driving privileges.
At Peek & Toland, L.L.P., our experienced Austin DWI defense attorneys will fight for the best possible outcome in your case while also striving to protect your legal rights. Contact us today to learn more.