If you were under the impression that a DWI convictions are no big deal, think again. A Galveston area man was recently convicted of DWI and will now serve a nine year sentence. This case reveals what everyone accused of DWI in Texas should know; DWI convictions can carry heavy penalties.
Of course, not every DWI sentence will be as long as this man’s was. But within the DWI sentencing structure in Texas are penalties that run the gamut of seriousness. A conviction could end in a simple fine and minimal jail time, or as we see in this case, many years behind bars.
For a first time offender accused of DWI, the penalties are usually small. A person will receive a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to 180 days. The length of sentence and fine depend on the judge, factors in the case, prosecutor, and other elements that are discovered in the process. These penalties are in addition to the loss of license and additional fees to retain a license in the future.
Once a person is convicted of a DWI, and is then charged with additional DWI offenses, that is when the penalties stiffen and become more burdensome. For a second DWI charge and conviction the offender can expect to pay a fine of up to $4,000, spend one month to a year in jail, and lose driving privileges. Third time and more offenders face even more serious penalties. They can expect to pay a fine of $10,000, spend two to ten years in prison, and lose driving privileges for up to two years.
Even if you are facing DWI charges for the first time, the penalties can be severe and drastically interfere with your life. Depending on what type of work you do, anytime taken off for a jail sentence could end in you losing your job. And losing large sums of money, up to $2,000, could seriously endanger your personal finances for a long time.
When it comes to repeat DWI convictions, your life will be disrupted even worse. The minimums that a second and third time offender will almost surely end in loss of employment, possible loss of where you are living, and worse. As a result, any charge of DWI should be taken seriously and defended with zeal and energy.
DWI defense requires dedicated professionals who have the experience that a DWI case demands. At the Wilder DWI Defense Firm our dedicated professionals have that experience. At our firm, we investigate the fact of each case, pursue every plausible legal defense, and help guide our clients into the best result possible, given the situation. This approach has been developed over time through hard work, trials won, and experience in the criminal justice system. If you have been charged with DWI in the Dallas area, contact us. Let us put our experience to work for you.