Possible Penalties for DWI

DWI penalties in Texas are tough, even for a first offense. The cost of fines, community service, and a suspended driver's license are too high to be taken lightly. If you have had previous DWI convictions, you may now be facing felony DWI charges and the possibility of mandatory jail time. It is extremely important that you understand the seriousness of the charges you are facing and that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to represent you. Below, you will find information on the different types of DWI offenses and their corresponding punishments. If you have questions about your case, we encourage you to contact Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP today to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.

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Misdemeanor & Felony DWI Penalties in Texas

Any DWI conviction on your record is permanent and will be used against you if you are ever arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony DWI charge in the future.

DUI (Driving Under the Influence for Underage Drivers), Class C Misdemeanor

  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Probation and community service
  • Loss of drivers' license up to a year

First offense DWI penalties, Class B misdemeanor

  • Up to a $2000 fine
  • 180 days in jail
  • Mandatory alcohol-education classes
  • Driver's license suspension (possible occupational drivers' license)

Second Offense DWI, Class A Misdemeanor

  • Fines of up to $4000
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Lengthy driver’s license suspension
  • Community service for a determined period of time

Third Offense, Third Degree Felony

  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • 10 years in prison
  • Possible community service
  • Driver's license suspension for a significant length of time
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your car

These devices can be expensive to install and often require monthly monitoring fees. The court may also order inpatient substance abuse treatment, an extended probation upon successful completion of alcohol education, and a mandatory prescription for Antabuse.

Intoxication Assault, Third Degree Felony

  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • 10 years in prison
  • Possible community service
  • Lengthy driver's license suspension

Intoxication Manslaughter, Second Degree Felony

  • Up to a $10,000 fine
  • Minimum of 2 to no more than 20 years in prison
  • Possible community service or alcohol education classes
  • Permanent driver’s license revocation

Fight Your Charges with the Help of a Dallas DWI Lawyer

While the courts will take a person's circumstances into account when deciding on penalties, you need an experienced lawyer to make your case in court. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we know how to fight for our clients. Our strategies and aggressive approach have allowed us to serve hundreds of clients in difficult and overwhelming situations. Defense attorney Chris Lewis has more than 10 years of experience handling criminal cases in Texas courts. He was named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40" by D Magazine in 2004 and 2006, and a "Rising Star," by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005-2009. His recognition is built on his experience, skill, and history of results in the courtroom.

Contact our Dallas law office for a free consultation with a DWI defense lawyer if you have had several past DWI convictions. We fight hard to protect your rights throughout the legal process.

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