DWI Penalties

Facing DWI Charges in Brazoria County, Galveston, or Beyond?

In Brazoria County, you will be charged with a DWI if you are pulled over and found with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In the State of Texas, however, you may be considered impaired if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol—no matter what your BAC results show. Both of these charges carry harsh penalties and have serious consequences on your future. At the Law Office of Steve O. Gonzalez, it is our firm's goal to help everyone who seeks our assistance. If you were pulled over and are facing DWI charges, you must seek experienced legal assistance to ensure your future is not permanently hindered.

Schedule a consultation with a DWI attorney to view all your legal options if you are facing charges in Brazoria County.

Don't Let a Mistake Affect Your Future

DWI consequences in Texas can vary depending on several factors. Some of the determining factors include the type of license you have, if passengers were in your vehicle at the time you were pulled over, and if you were in an accident while you were intoxicated. If you have a child passenger in your vehicle when you are pulled over, you may be charged with an additional child endangerment charge.

You may also be charged with the following:

  • A fine as high as $10,000
  • Up to two years in a state jail
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 180 days

When you are stopped for suspected DWI, you are legally expected to take a blood or breath test. If you refuse said test, you can have your driver license suspended for a minimum of 180 days. You may also face a plethora of other penalties, depending on how many convictions you have had in the past.

If your license has been suspended due to a failed or refused breath test, you may be eligible to fight your license suspension. Schedule a case review!

First DWI Offense Penalties

In Texas, a first DWI offense is generally classified as a Class B misdemeanor. First offense penalties include a fine up to $2,000, up to 180 days in jail, your driver's license can be suspended for up to a year and an annual retention fee of up to $2,000 to keep your driver's license for 3 years.

If it is your second DWI defense, you may face the following penalties:

  • A fine up to $4,000
  • Anywhere from one month to one year in jail
  • Suspension of driver license for up to two years
  • An annual fee ranging anywhere from $1,000 - $2,000 for three years to keep your driver license

For your third offense, the penalties may include:

  • A fine up to $10,000
  • 2 – 10 years in prison
  • Suspension of driver license for up to two years
  • An annual fee ranging anywhere from $1,000 - $2,000 for three years to retain your driver license

If you have had two or more convictions within the past five years, you are also required to have a special ignition switch that prevents you from operating your vehicle if you have been drinking.

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We understand that mistakes happen but, we don't believe your future should be effected. Our DWI attorney will fight to restore your freedoms and future so you don't have to. Since 2000, our founding attorney has helped clients successfully fight their DWI cases. We are a dedicated, passionate firm that strives to help every person who seeks our assistance.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with our Brazoria County lawyer,
please contact our firm today!

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