Driving While Intoxicated:
Drunk driving is punished very harshly in the State of Texas. If you have been arrested and are accused of driving while intoxicated, you need to be aware of the various penalties that could result. Having the right defense attorney fighting for you can make all the difference in your case. Call the Hull Firm at 200-BLOW to ensure that you suffer the minimal consequences.
The exact penalties you will face depend on several factors ranging from the facts of your case to your previous criminal history. Common penalties for a first-time DWI conviction include:
- A fine up to $2,000.
- Anywhere from 72 hours to 6 months in jail.
- Anywhere from 24 to 100 hours of community service.
The penalties for a second DWI conviction are more severe and may include:
- A fine up to $4,000.
- Anywhere from 72 hours to 1 year in jail.
- Anywhere from 80 to 200 hours of community service.
- Suspension of your driver’s license for 180 days to 2 years.
- Installation of an ignition interlock device into your vehicle (this requires you to breathe into the device and take an alcohol level reading before your car will start).
Three or more DWI convictions are considered a third degree felony. You may face:
- A fine up to $10,000
- Anywhere from 2 to 10 years in jail
- Anywhere from 160 to 600 hours of community service
- Suspension of your driver’s license for 180 days to 2 years
- Installation of a ignition interlock device into your vehicle (this requires you to breathe into the device and take an alcohol level reading before you car will start)
A judge can order other penalties besides the ones outlined above including:
- Various fines, fees, restitution (repayment for damaged property)
- Mandatory DWI education classes
- Treatment in alcohol or drug addiction program
- Probation (This time frame can vary drastically on a case-by-case basis. Substantial fees accompany probation.)
These penalties can affect you for the rest of your life. From the financial burden, to the stain on your criminal record, you need to have the best representation possible to protect your future. Contact the Hull Firm.