Summary of DWI Penalties in Texas

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ChargeOffense LevelFineJail TimeLicense SuspensionAnnual Surcharge
1st DWI & BWIClass B MisdemeanorMaximum fine of $2,00072 hours to 180 days90 days to one year$1,000 for three years
1st DWI & BWI with BAC at or over .15Class A MisdemeanorMaximum fine of $4,00072 hours to one year in county jail90 days to one year$2,000 for three years
1st DWI with open container enhancementClass B MisdemeanorMaximum fine of $2,000Six days to 180 days in county jail90 days to one year$1,000 for three years
2nd DWI & BWIClass A MisdemeanorMaximum fine of $4,00030 days to one year180 days to two years$1,500 for three years
3rd DWI & BWI3rd Degree FelonyMaximum fine of $10,000Two to 10 years in prison180 days to two years$1,500 for three years
3rd or more DWI & BWI with one prior penitentiary trip2nd Degree FelonyMaximum fine of $10,000Two to 20 years in prisonUp to two years$1,500 for three years
3rd or more DWI & BWI with two prior penitentiary tripsEnhanced Felony PunishmentMaximum fine of $10,00025 years to life in prisonUp to two years$1,500 for three years
DWI with child passenger (younger than 15 years of age)State Jail FelonyMaximum fine of $10,000Six months to two years in state jail facility90 days to two years$2,000 for three years
Intoxication Assault3rd Degree FelonyMaximum fine of $10,000Two to 10 years in prison180 days to two years$1,000 for three years
Intoxication Manslaughter2nd Degree FelonyMaximum fine of $10,000Two to 20 years in prison180 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 Shane Phelps Law., I am prepared to protect your future.

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