A DWI charge is a very serious matter and should be dealt with as such. A conviction for DWI in Texas carries with it serious consequences, including very large fines, license suspension, and possible jail time.
In addition, when your insurance company finds that you have been convicted of a DWI, it will almost surely drop you from coverage, and you will have to get a “high-risk” policy, which is extremely expensive. Your driver’s license will also incur a State-mandated “surcharge” of at least $1,000 per year for three years as an additional penalty.
Finally, and often most importantly, a DWI conviction can have a devastating effect on your personal life. In addition to the negative social stigma that comes with a DWI charge, getting into college or other advanced education can become nearly impossible. A DWI will also limit your career goals, as often times employers will never even consider an applicant with this charge on their record.
A 1st-time DWI is a “Class B Misdemeanor”. It carries a penalty of up to 6 months in county jail, and a fine of up to $2000.00.
* New legislation has been passed which makes a first time DWI a Class A Misdemeanor if the person’s BAC was .15 or more
A 2nd DWI is a “Class A Misdemeanor”. It carries a penalty of up to 1 year in county jail, and a fine of up to $4,000.00.
A 3rd DWI is a “3rd Degree Felony”. It carries a penalty of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years in prison. Also, a fine of up to $10,000 may be assessed.
* In addition, Driver’s License suspensions and re-instatement surcharges will accompany all of these offenses.
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The point is that an arrest for suspicion of DWI is EXTREMELY serious, and should be handled accordingly. You need an attorney who has the skill and ability to take your case to trial if necessary.
From the date of arrest, you have 15 days to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing on what will otherwise result in a driver’s license suspension of 90 days for failing a breath test, to at least 180 days for refusing a breath test.
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