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DWI Penalties in Texas

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The State of Texas takes DWI offenses seriously. First offenses can result in large fines, a jail sentence, license suspensions, and a driver's license surcharge. It is critical to avoid a conviction for even a first offense since penalties increase dramatically for multiple offenses. At Fitzpatrick Jacks Smith & Uhl, our Dallas DWI attorneys aggressively defend people charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Without highly qualified legal representation, people arrested, charged, and convicted of DWI can expect harsh penalties.

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What Are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?

Every situation is different, and the specific penalties you may be facing will vary depending on various factors. That being said, certain penalties for DWI in Texas are to be expected for first offenses and repeat convictions.

Penalties for DWI in the state of Texas can include:

  • The first offense for a DWI is a class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2000, 72 hours to 180 days in jail, the loss of driving privileges for up to a year, and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain your driver license.
  • The second offense for a DWI is a class A misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $4000, 30 days to 365 days in jail, the loss of driving privileges for up to two years, and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain your driver license.
  • Third offense for a DWI is a 3rd-degree felony that carries a fine of up to $10,000, 2 to 10 years in prison, the loss of driving privileges for up to three years.
  • DWI with an open container is a class B misdemeanor with a minimum of six days in jail and a fine of up to $2000.
  • Intoxication assault, a DWI accident involving bodily injuries, is a 3rd-degree felony that carries a fine up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 2 to 10 years.
  • Intoxicated manslaughter, a DWI accident involving death, is a 2nd-degree felony that carries a fine up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years.
  • DWI with a child passenger is a state jail felony that involves a driving under the influence with a passenger under the age of 15. Penalties include a jail sentence of 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

No one has the experience handling Dallas DWI matters that the attorneys at Fitzpatrick Jacks Smith & Uhl have. We are committed to aggressively defending the interests of people arrested and charged with driving under the influence, or DWI. We have the drive to fight and the experience to win.

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Contact the attorneys at Fitzpatrick Jacks Smith & Uhl if you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence. Our attorneys represent clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton, as well as nationally. We are committed to helping our clients pursue the justice they deserve.

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