We fully explore all of your legal options after a drunk driving arrest
An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can disrupt your entire life, especially if you face jail time or a driver’s license suspension. If you’ve been accused of drunk driving, a trusted DUI lawyer may be able to help. We deliver personal attention and creative legal strategies when you need them most. We’ve built a strong reputation throughout the area for our high standards regarding conduct, ethics and diligence in DUI/DWI and other criminal law issues.
Your rights and obligations under implied consent law
After being arrested and charged with a DWI, drivers are within their rights to choose not to take a breath or blood blood alcohol content (BAC) test. However, refusing to submit to chemical tests has serious consequences under Texas’ implied consent laws.
Penalties for DUI/DWI
Our state’s laws call for some serious consequences for those convicted of DUI, including fines, jail time and a suspension of driving privileges. The following are the standard penalties for first, second, third and subsequent DUI convictions:
The First-Offense conviction with less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspension of 90 to 365 days. (Class B Misdemeanor). Where, however, there is a BAC .15 or more, the possibility of a fine increases to $4,000 and jail increases to one year (Class A misdemeanor).
First-time offenders who had a BAC of .08 to .14 may apply for a “non-disclosure” two years after your probation ends. But you must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and keep it for 6 months. A non-disclosure restricts who can see your criminal record. Ask your attorney for more information about this program.
A Second Offense means the maximum fine increases to no more than $4,000.00 and/or jail from 30 days to one year, and a possible driver’s license suspension ranging from 180 days to 2 years (Class A Misdemeanor).
For a Third Offense, you may receive a fine up to $10,000.00 and/or 2 to 10 years of imprisonment, and suspension of your driver’s license ranging from 180 days up to 2 years (3rd Degree Felony). Note that imprisonment is in a state-run penal institution whereas jail is a county-run institution. A felony conviction also disqualifies the person from voting and possessing a firearm.