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The Ramifications Of DWI In Williamson County, Texas

Alcohol and car keysThis is the next post in our series regarding the handling of DWI cases in Williamson County, Texas. Our last post focused on ways in which residents may challenge a charge of driving while intoxicated. It is important to understand that a case may be defensible on several grounds. This article will focus on the ramifications of a DWI conviction.

Texas takes a hard stance against those who drive while intoxicated. One’s first and second offenses will typically be charged as a misdemeanor. A third offense will often be charged as a felony. Specifics regarding Texas penalties are as follows:

For a first offense:

  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • A minimum of three days in jail and a maximum of being incarcerated for 180 days
  • Suspension of one’s license for up to two years
  • The paying of an annual surcharge, for up to three years, to keep one’s license
  • A requirement that one attend a DWI education program
  • Possibly being required to maintain an ignition interlock device

Second Offense

  • A fine of up to $4,000
  • Incarceration for a time between one month and one year
  • Suspension of one’s driver’s license for up to two years
  • An annual surcharge of up to $2,000 in order to keep one’s license
  • Required attendance of a DWI education program
  • Possibly being required to maintain an ignition interlock device

Third Offense

  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • A state prison sentence between two and ten years
  • A driver’s license suspension of up to two years
  • An annual surcharge in order to keep one’s license
  • The requirement of attending a DWI education program
  • Possibly being required to maintain an ignition interlock device

Additional ramifications will be an issue if one caused injury to another person, property damage, or placed others in harm while driving when intoxicated. If you are charged with DWI then you are facing serious allegations and require legal representation. Our Georgetown DWI lawyers also service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir.

Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

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