Drunk driving is well-known as a criminal offense. Alcohol intoxication may make driving safely tricky or impossible, and it can result in deadly automobile accidents that result in injuries or deaths. As a result, Texas drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics may face substantial criminal penalties. Even a first-time DWI violation may result in various consequences that can last for years, so anyone facing these accusations should consult with a criminal defense attorney to decide the best defense approach.
Penalties For DWI Offense, Criminal And Administrative Penalties:
You may charge 08 percent or higher with Driving While Intoxicated under the Texas Penal Code. Alcohol, controlled narcotics, prescription pharmaceuticals, or any combination of these substances can cause people to lose their normal physical or mental abilities. A first DWI is usually charged as a Class B misdemeanor, with a maximum fine of $2,000 and a prison term of 180 days if convicted.
A first DWI is a class A misdemeanor if the person’s blood alcohol concentration is 15% or greater. It can result in a one-year prison term and a maximum fine of $4,000.
Drivers may incur administrative consequences to their driver’s license in addition to the criminal penalties that come with a DWI conviction. Following a DWI arrest, you will request a motorist to submit to a blood or breath test to determine their blood alcohol content.
If a test reveals that the motorist has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of.08 percent or greater, their driver’s license will be suspended for 90 days. A driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days if they refuse to take a blood or breath test. A driver may be eligible for an occupational driver’s support during the suspension time. They may be required to install an alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in their car.
You may be unclear about your rights, the procedures you will follow in courts or administrative hearings, and the actions you should take to avoid significant repercussions if you face DWI accusations. An experienced legal firm, such as Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian, can defend you throughout your case and seek to reduce your penalties as much as feasible.