In Texas, the penalties for DWI offenses vary based on factors such as the number of previous convictions, the presence of a minor in the vehicle, and the specific BAC level.
Penalties may include:
First Offense: Up to $2,000 fine, 3 to 180 days in jail, license suspension for up to a year, and a mandatory DWI education program.
Second Offense: Up to $4,000 fine, 1 month to a year in jail, license suspension for up to 2 years, and possible installation of an ignition interlock device.
Third Offense: Up to $10,000 fine, 2 to 10 years in prison, license suspension for up to 2 years.
DWI with a Child Passenger: State Jail Felony, fine up to $10,000, 180 days to 2 years in state jail.
Additional offenses such as Boating While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication, Intoxication Assault, and Manslaughter may carry varying penalties.
What To Expect
If you've been charged with a DWI first offense in Houston, it's crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Here's what you can expect when working with our experienced attorney:
Case Assessment: Our attorney will thoroughly assess your case, examining the evidence, the circumstances of your arrest, and the legality of the traffic stop.
Legal Advice: You will receive clear and concise legal advice regarding your options and potential outcomes.
Defense Strategy: We will develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation, with the goal of minimizing the consequences you face.
Court Representation: Our attorney will represent you in court, advocating on your behalf and challenging the prosecution's case.
Can I avoid jail time for a first-time DWI in Texas?
In some cases, it is possible to avoid jail time through plea negotiations or by successfully defending against the charges. Our attorney will work to protect your interests.
Will a first-time DWI affect my future employment prospects?
A DWI conviction can impact your employment prospects, especially in certain industries. We can discuss strategies to mitigate these effects.
Can I get my driver's license back after a DWI first offense?
It is possible to seek an occupational driver's license, which allows limited driving privileges for work, school, and other essential activities.
What if I refused a breathalyzer test during the arrest?
Refusing a breathalyzer test can result in automatic license suspension. However, our attorney can explore defense strategies even in such cases.
If you're facing a DWI first offense charge in Houston, it's essential to act quickly and seek experienced legal representation. Contact us today to protect your rights and future.