Your DWI Charge: What You Need to Know


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Being pulled over and charged with DWI is exceptionally stressful. The truth is, however, that the ramifications of a conviction can be more serious than you may recognize. Better understanding your DWI charge can help you become better prepared to fight for your case’s best possible resolution.

DWI Charges in the State of Texas

In Texas – as in nearly every other state – the legal limit for one’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent, which means that it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent. It is important to note, however, that it is against the law to operate a car, boat, or aircraft when alcohol affects your ability to do so (even if you have not reached the legal limit). As such, DUI charges in Texas are typically reserved for minors who test positive for any amount of alcohol, and DWI charges usually apply to adult drivers who exceed the 0.08 percent legal threshold behind the wheel. If you are convicted of DWI, you face harsh penalties that can include (for a first offense):

  • Three mandatory days in jail (upon conviction) with a sentence of up to 180 days

  • Fines of up to $2,000

  • Loss of driver’s license for up to one year

Second and third offenses bring even harsher consequences, including (for a second offense):

  • From one month to a year in jail

  • Fines of up to $4,000

  • Loss of drivers’ license for up to two years

Things heat up from here, and a third offense can carry all of the following:

  • From 2 to 10 years in prison

  • Fines of up to $10,000

  • Loss of driver’s license for up to two years

If you are facing a DWI charge, you owe it to your future to consult with an experienced Fort Hood criminal defense lawyer today.

Your Social Consequences

In addition to the legal consequences you face if convicted of DWI, there are a variety of negative social consequences that can haunt you into the future. Due to the fact that your DWI is a matter of public record, all of the following can apply:

  • You can have trouble renting a house or apartment.

  • You can face a difficult time obtaining a home loan.

  • It can affect your further education in terms of being accepted into your preferred college, obtaining a student loan, and/or living on campus.

  • Your social standing in your community can take a hit.

  • It can be difficult to change jobs or to find a job in general.

  • You could lose your professional licensure.

Speak with an Experienced Fort Hood Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Fort Hood, Texas, is a trusted criminal defense lawyer who is committed to employing his considerable skill and experience in defense of your rights and in pursuit of your case’s optimal outcome. We are on your side, so please do not wait to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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