DWI 2nd Offense: Misdemeanor Repetition
What You Should Know About Your 2nd DWI Arrest
Many repeat criminal offenses are charged as felonies depending on the circumstances, but usually, a second offense DWI is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Texas. If you've been charged with a second offense, you will probably face stiffer penalties than you did on the first. This might mean jail as part of your probation, mandatory community service, up to $4,000 in fines, and an ignition interlock device. And you'll also face the possibility of driver's license suspension for at least six months. Penalties for a second offense DWI may be enforced prior to the commencement of one’s trial, which is meant to assess the actions of the arresting officer rather than to determine any guilt or innocence.
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Misdemeanor Repetition in Texas
Jail time can range anywhere from one month to a year. Additionally, it will cost $125 to reinstate your license, which will be suspended anywhere between 180 days to 2 years and, under the Texas Driver Responsibility Program, you must pay up to $2,000 annually for three years to keep your license from being revoked. That fee is not the only cost associated with a second offense DWI. There is an additional fine of up to $4,000. Although it is not mandatory, a judge may potentially order that you serve at least 80 hours of community service and possible rehabilitative treatment if the court finds that you have a substance abuse problem.
Avoiding conviction at this stage is crucial tp protect your livelihood, reputation, and freedom. Prosecutors won't be as interested in offering you a great plea deal if the evidence is stacked against you, given strict Texas policy against drinking and driving. That's why it's important to go after the best possible result: an acquittal or dismissal. And finding the right defense lawyer is your best chance.
Why Hire Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP?
We represent people in Dallas and throughout Texas. If you've been charged with a crime or traffic offense like second-offense DWI, it pays to consult with an experienced defense attorney. Attorney Chris Lewis alone has handled more than 200 jury trials in his career and counting. Our Dallas DWI attorneys have the experience and insight to present your case effectively, honestly, and favorably.
Consider hiring Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP for your case—call (214) 301-5007 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation.