DWI Penalties

Summary of DWI Penalties in Texas

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Charge

Offense Level

Fine

Jail Time

License Suspension

Annual Surcharge

1st DWI & BWI

Class B Misdemeanor

Maximum fine of $2,000

72 hours to 180 days

90 days to one year

$1,000 for three years

1st DWI & BWI with BAC at or over .15

Class A Misdemeanor

Maximum fine of $4,000

72 hours to one year in county jail

90 days to one year

$2,000 for three years

1st DWI with open container enhancement

Class B Misdemeanor

Maximum fine of $2,000

Six days to 180 days in county jail

90 days to one year

$1,000 for three years

2nd DWI & BWI

Class A Misdemeanor

Maximum fine of $4,000

30 days to one year

180 days to two years

$1,500 for three years

3rd DWI & BWI

3rd Degree Felony

Maximum fine of $10,000

Two to 10 years in prison

180 days to two years

$1,500 for three years

3rd or more DWI & BWI with one prior penitentiary trip

2nd Degree Felony

Maximum fine of $10,000

Two to 20 years in prison

Up to two years

$1,500 for three years

3rd or more DWI & BWI with two prior penitentiary trips

Enhanced Felony Punishment

Maximum fine of $10,000

25 years to life in prison

Up to two years

$1,500 for three years

DWI with child passenger (younger than 15 years of age)

State Jail Felony

Maximum fine of $10,000

Six months to two years in state jail facility

90 days to two years

$2,000 for three years

Intoxication Assault

3rd Degree Felony

Maximum fine of $10,000

Two to 10 years in prison

180 days to two years

$1,000 for three years

Intoxication Manslaughter

2nd Degree Felony

Maximum fine of $10,000

Two to 20 years in prison

180 days to two years

$1,000 for three years

Aside from lengthy jail sentences and expensive fines, a DUI/DWI conviction can Texas can have an adverse impact on your employment and education opportunities. Whether you are applying for a new job or accredited university, a DUI/DWI on your criminal record can negatively affect your chances of accomplishing your goals.

To go into more detail, the following are common ways a DWI conviction can affect your reputation:

  • DWI conviction and employment – Some employers will refuse or cannot hire individuals with a DUI conviction because employees with DUI/DWI’s on their record are considered a huge risk of hurting another person. This is especially true for industries that require a person to operate machinery or a vehicle, as well as professions that require a license.
  • DWI conviction and educational opportunities – When you apply for a college, you may be required to list any criminal convictions or arrests on your application, such as DUI/DWI crimes. If you have one DUI/DWI conviction, you may be admitted to a university upon completion of a drug/alcohol program. Even after you have already been admitted, some colleges may possess a policy that requires a student to report any arrests to the administration. Failure to report a DUI/DWI arrest can lead to a suspension.
  • DWI conviction and financial aid/scholarships –Requirements for private scholarships or financial aid programs vary depending on the rules established by the organization in charge. While some may only be affected by felony convictions, others may want to know if you have been arrested or convicted of any offense, including DUI/DWI’s.

Fortunately, a DWI conviction can later be remedied through an expunction or non-disclosure proceeding. At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., I am prepared to protect your future.

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