What Are The Penalties For Drunk Driving?
A charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is oftentimes a person’s first and only run-in with the law. The experience of being placed in handcuffs, brought down to the police station and spending the night in jail can be extremely frightening, not to mention the anxiety of possibly serving criminal consequences looming over one’s head.
If you have been arrested for a first-time DWI, it is urgent you retain the services of a powerful legal team to protect your future and reputation. At Kyle Law Firm, our DWI attorneys have defended numerous clients against a variety of drunk driving charges and can provide the powerful defense you need during this difficult time.
A conviction of first-offense DWI can bring the following consequences:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- Driver’s license suspension up to 365 days
- Increased car insurance rates
These penalties can increase in the event that an intoxicated driver should cause an accident that results in injury or death to another person. Other aggravating factors include refusing a chemical test or being arrested for DUI with a minor under age 15 in the vehicle. Regardless of the circumstances, any first-time DWI is a serious offense and must be handled by an experienced attorney to maximize one’s chances of securing a favorable outcome for their situation.
Multiple DWI Offenders
Law enforcement and the criminal justice system make the erroneous assumption that steeper penalties will curb people’s behaviors. Instead, it only brings them undue hardship in their day-to-day lives. One of the reasons we fight so hard for our clients is so that we can do our part in keeping the penalties as minimal as possible, knowing that the default sentencing is often in total excess of the alleged crime.
If you are convicted for a second DWI offense, the penalties can include:
- $4,000 fine
- 30 days to one year of jail time
- Two-year license suspension
- $2,000 a year surcharge for three years
If you are convicted for a third DWI offense, the penalties could be:
- $10,000 fine
- Two to 10 years in prison
- Another two-year license suspension
- Additional $2,000 yearly surcharge for three years
A DWI invention course may also be necessary, requiring more fees and time taken out of your schedule. If an ignition interlock device (IID) is installed in your car, you will also be taxed monthly for it.
There Is A Viable Defense For Your Case
At Kyle Law Firm, our attorneys have learned throughout their extensive and impressive legal careers that every charge has a defense. It is just a matter of uncovering or creating it through hard work, total understanding of Texas state law and an unwavering commitment to our clients. In situations where a conviction is guaranteed, you can always fight for a lessened sentencing, allowing our professionals to step in and act on your behalf.