A conviction for DWI in Texas carries with it serious consequences, including very large fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Generally, the first two DWI charges a person receives (considering other factors such as a child in the car, or an injured person are not present) will be filed as misdemeanor charges. After two, a DWI charge becomes a Felony, and a person will be facing EXTREMELY significant consequences.
A 3rd or more DWI is a 3rd Degree Felony, and if a person is charged with this offense, the State will almost surely seek prison time. There may be ways to avoid serving significant jail or prison time, but it is IMPERATIVE that you contact an attorney immediately.
DWI Penalty Ranges
A 1st 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 DWI a Class A Misdemeanor if the person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (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, other factors such as children in the car, and possible injuries can have a major effect on how the DWI is charged.
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