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Texas DWI Penalties

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 Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP , in Dallas, Texas, our 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Intoxicated 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 two to ten 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 two to twenty 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 fifteen. 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 Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP have. We are committed to aggressively defending the interests of people arrested and charged with driving under the influence. We have the drive to fight and the experience to win.

Contact our Dallas, Texas, DWI / DUI Lawyers

Contact the attorneys at Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP if you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence. Our attorneys represent clients in the state of Texas as well as nationally. We can be reached by phone at (214.504.1133, by e-mail, or by filling out the intake form on our Contact Us page.

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