What Are The Penalties for Multiple DWIs?

It is possible for individuals to incur multiple DWI charges over time. In fact, in the United States, it is fairly common for one person to fall back into bad habits. While it is important to tackle the recidivism issue within DWIs across the country, it is also crucial to understand that the number of charges is directly related to the severity of penalties. Shane Phelps Law can help review what occurs in a first-time DWI charge, and what one could expect for additional charges.

Reviewing First-Time DWI Penalties

In a previous blog, we reviewed the potential penalties for a first-time DWI charge. If an individual is pulled over and has a BAC of .08% or higher or if their driving is seriously impaired, they may face charges. A first-time DWI offense may incur the following penalties:

  • Anywhere from three to 180 days in jail.
  • Up to $2,000 in fines.
  • A license suspension ranging from 90 to 180 days.

More Charges Means Serious Penalties

If an individual ends up making the choice to drink and drive again and gets pulled over, they will ultimately face more serious repercussions for their actions.

2nd DWI Offense

If an individual is pulled over for another DWI, they could expect the following penalties:

  • Anywhere from 30 days to one year in jail.
  • Up to $4,000 in fines.
  • A license suspension ranging from 180 days to two years.

3rd DWI Offense

A third-time DWI offense is considered as a 3rd degree felony in Texas, incurring the following penalties:

  • Anywhere from two to 10 years in prison.
  • Up to $10,000 in fines.
  • A license suspension ranging from 180 days to two years.

Beyond Three DWIs

When you go beyond three DWI charges, you still face a maximum fine of $10,000, along with a two-year license suspension. However, the amount of time in prison increases significantly, especially if there have been prior penitentiary trips. In fact, it is possible to receive up to life in prison.

Furthermore, if the DWI involves other crimes, such as intoxication assault or manslaughter, the penalties will directly reflect those.

A Legal Team That Understands

If you or someone you know has multiple DWI charges, it is important to have a legal team that is equipped to help protect your or their future. You can contact our team when you need us and get immediately started on the case.

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