DWI Penalties

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

If you are pulled over and found with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher, you can be charged with DWI. However, in the State of Texas, you may be considered impaired if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol—no matter what your BAC may be. 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, it is imperative you seek experienced legal assistance to ensure your future is not permanently hindered.

Don't Let a Mistake Affect Your Future

Depending on the severity of your case, 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, you may be facing incredibly harsh legal penalties. If you have a child passenger in your vehicle when you are pulled over, you may be charged with child endangerment.

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.

First DWI Offense Penalties

In Texas, your 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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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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