Driving While Intoxicated in Waco Can Carry Heavy Fines, Jail Time, and Loss of Your License

Being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is one thing, but being convicted is a whole other thing. With strict punishments for even first-time offenders, you really don't want to have to deal with a DWI on your record. If you are convicted of a DWI in Texas, you could face quite a few different punishments depending on your previous history of drunk-driving convictions.

Punishments for Your First DWI Offense in Texas

  • Fine of up to $2,000
  • Three days to 180 days in jail
  • Loss of your driver's license for up to a year
  • You must pay a fee of $1,000 or $2,000 every year for three years to keep your driver's license

Punishments for Your Second DWI Offense in Texas

  • Fine of up to $4,000
  • One month to one year in jail
  • Loss of your driver's license for up to two years
  • You must pay a fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 every year for three years to keep your driver's license

Punishments for Your Third DWI Offense in Texas

  • Fine of $10,000
  • Two to 10 years in jail
  • Loss of your driver's license for up to two years
  • You must pay a fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 every year for three years to keep your driver's license
     

Additionally, if you are convicted of two or more DWI offenses within a five-year period, you have to install a special ignition switch that will prevent your vehicle from being operated if you've been drinking.

You also don't want to get caught with a child younger than 15 years old in your car if you're charged with DWI, because you'll also be charged with child endangerment. That comes with a fine for up to $10,000, up to two years in a state jail, and loss of your driver's license for 180 days.

If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas and you do not want to be slapped with any of these punishments, contact Waco DWI attorney Walter Reaves at 254-296-0020‚Äč for a free consultation.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 30 years.