What Are the Fines for DWI in Texas?
Posted By The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 30-Oct-2014
Texas law has enacted harsh penalties for those convicted of DWI/DUI charges. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI charge, contact a criminal lawyer right away. Your criminal attorney can ensure the police follow proper enforcement procedure to protect your legal rights. Having a criminal defense team on your side can reduce the risk that you’ll pay substantial fines, spend time in jail, and face administrative penalties.
Texas uses a tiered approach to fines and other penalties for DWI convictions. In other words, if you’re convicted of a first offense, you’re facing less severe penalties than you would if you had prior DWI convictions. For a conviction of a first offense, you could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,000. You could lose your driver’s license for up to a year and be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain your license. This is in addition to three to 180 days in jail.
A second conviction of DWI results in a fine of up to $4,000 and the loss of your driver’s license for up to two years. Subsequently, you’ll need to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for the next three years to retain your license. A second offense can also result in a jail term of one month to a year.
As your criminal defense attorney can explain to you, a third DWI conviction will result in a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison. After the loss of your license for two years, you could be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 to retain your license.
Criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey C. Grass regularly defends those accused of all levels of DWI/DUI charges, including first offenses, subsequent offenses, intoxication assault, and intoxication manslaughter. Call our criminal law firm today and let us put our investigative resources to work on your behalf. Residents of Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas can get in touch with the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass by calling .