What are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?

Texas ranks among the strictest states when it comes to the penalties for driving while intoxicated. A survey released by a popular survey company reveals that among the 50 states, Texas ranks as the 16th most strict on DWI convictions. A DWI conviction in Texas can result in severe penalties ranging from a simple fine, to license suspension, to serious jail time.

The actual penalties outlined in Texas’s criminal code for DWI vary from situation to situation. The maximum and minimum penalties depend on whether this is your first DWI charge, what level of alcohol was in your system, whether anyone was injured at all. But the essential breakdown of the penalties involved is as follows:

DWI With Child in the Car

  • $10,000 fine
  • Two years in jail
  • Loss of license for 180 days

First Time DWI Offense

  • Up to $2000 in fines
  • Annual license retention fee of $1000 or $2000 for three years
  • Year-long license suspension
  • Up to 180 days in jail

Second Time DWI Offense

  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • Annual license retention fee of $1000, $1,500, or $2000 for three years
  • Two year license suspension
  • One month to a year in jail

Third Time DWI Offense

  • Fine of $10,000
  • Annual license retention fee of $1000, $1,500, or $2000 for three years
  • Two year license suspension
  • Up to 10 years in prison

As you can see from this breakdown, a DWI conviction is no joke. We want everyone that is charged with a DWI in the Dallas area to understand the risks that those charges bring with them. And the penalties involved are one of the many reasons that we take all DWI charges seriously and why our practice is focused on DWI defense.

Which Penalty Will Be Handed Down?

If you are charged with a DWI in Texas, which consequences you receive depend on a number of factors. There are the penalties outlined by the criminal code of Texas as we showed above, but most likely the number one factor that will influence what penalty you get is the defense attorney you choose to employ to defend your charges.

There are attorneys of all kinds in and around the Dallas Texas area. There are strictly civil attorneys who focus their practices on issues like contracts, civil litigation, corporations, and accidents and injuries. There are criminal defense attorneys whose practice will focus on one or more areas of criminal law, such as simple misdemeanor charges or felony charges. Then there are generalists whose practices will involve both civil and criminal charges. Before choosing your attorney to defend your case, you should take this into account and really think about who you are hiring.

At The Wilder DWI Defense Firm our primary area of practice is DWI defense. We have the experience and knowledge that your case deserves when it comes to DWI defense. We are experienced and talented in every phase of DWI defense, from arrest to trial. And we look forward to being you counselor and attorney at law. Contact us so we can review your case and provide you with your legal options.