DWI Penalties in Texas
Arrested for Drunk Driving? Call Stornello Law Firm, P.C.!
Being arrested for
driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense and if you or a loved one is facing charges for driving
under the influence or driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol,
you need to immediately contact Stornello Law Firm, P.C.. At our firm,
we are not afraid to
challenge evidence gathered during a traffic stop, DWI check point or after an accident,
using our findings to aggressively defend your rights and freedoms in
a court of law.
From a first offense to
intoxicated manslaughter, there are a wide range of DWI charges you could face for an alleged offense
– each with their own consequences. Below, you will find some examples
of the penalties you could face if convicted of a DWI. It is important
to remember, however, that the circumstances of your case may be different
and it is always encouraged that you speak with a Houston
criminal defense attorney after your arrest to determine the best course of legal action to take.
Under 21 DWI
Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal throughout the United States so
if you are found operating a vehicle under the influence and you are under
the legal age to consume alcohol, your penalties may be high. You could
potentially lose your license, spend time in jail or prison and be required
to attend mandatory DWI awareness courses.
First DWI Offense
First-time offenders will be required to spend anywhere from 3 to 180 days in jail, could pay
a fine up to $2,000 and lose their license for 90 days to 1 year.
Second DWI Offense
Second-time offenders may see a minimum jail sentence of 30 days up to
1 year and be forced to pay fines of $4,000. Your license will be suspended
anywhere between 180 days and 2 years, and you will be required to install
an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.
Third DWI Offense
A minimum of 2 years in jail, a maximum of $10,000 in fines and up to 2
years of license suspension can be placed on individuals who have been
convicted 3 or more times of a DWI. A third DWI is also a
felony offense and requires aggressive representation.
DWI with a Minor Passenger
Regardless of your blood alcohol content or if you were involved in an
accident or not, if you were arrested for DWI and a minor passenger under
the age of 15 was in your vehicle, you will be charged with a felony offense.
Hire a Houston Criminal Attorney for Your DWI
If you have been arrested for a DWI, it is imperative that you contact
an attorney. By working with an attorney from Stornello Law Firm, P.C.,
you may still be able to receive a favorable outcome for your case. In
order to convict you, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt
that you were intoxicated and unable to safely operate a vehicle. When
you hire our team to guide you through the
DWI process, we will
answer your questions and actively defend your rights and freedoms and fight to help you prove
your side of the story.
If you have questions or concerns after you arrest,
contact a Houston defense Lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C. today and schedule a
free case evaluation as soon as possible.