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DWI Penalties

DWI Penalties in Texas

Arrested for Drunk Driving? Call Stornello Law Firm, P.C.!

Being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense and if you or a loved one is facing charges for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, you need to immediately contact Stornello Law Firm, P.C.. At our firm, we are not afraid to challenge evidence gathered during a traffic stop, DWI check point or after an accident, using our findings to aggressively defend your rights and freedoms in a court of law.

From a first offense to intoxicated manslaughter, there are a wide range of DWI charges you could face for an alleged offense – each with their own consequences. Below, you will find some examples of the penalties you could face if convicted of a DWI. It is important to remember, however, that the circumstances of your case may be different and it is always encouraged that you speak with a Sugar Land criminal defense attorney after your arrest to determine the best course of legal action to take.

Under 21 DWI

Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal throughout the United States so if you are found operating a vehicle under the influence and you are under the legal age to consume alcohol, your penalties may be high. You could potentially lose your license, spend time in jail or prison and be required to attend mandatory DWI awareness courses.

First DWI Offense

First-time offenders will be required to spend anywhere from 3 to 180 days in jail, could pay a fine up to $2,000 and lose their license for 90 days to 1 year.

Second DWI Offense

Second-time offenders may see a minimum jail sentence of 30 days up to 1 year and be forced to pay fines of $4,000. Your license will be suspended anywhere between 180 days and 2 years, and you will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.

Third DWI Offense

A minimum of 2 years in jail, a maximum of $10,000 in fines and up to 2 years of license suspension can be placed on individuals who have been convicted 3 or more times of a DWI. A third DWI is also a felony offense and requires aggressive representation.

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