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A DWI conviction can severely impact your life, changing it in more ways than you can imagine. Texas is very strict when it comes to DWI, and this is reflected in the harsh penalties that come with a conviction. The Lone Star State uses a Three Strikes Rule–with each subsequent DWI conviction, the penalties for the crime increase exponentially.

Because a DWI conviction on your record can throw your life for a loop, it is important that you choose a criminal defense attorney who knows what they are doing in the Austin court systems, has vast experience defending DWI charges and has the ability and know-how to have your charge lessened or dismissed. You will find this attorney at Carroll Troberman, PLLC.

Contact us immediately. We share more than 25 years of combined experience and offer free case consultations.

First Offense DWI

DWI penalties can be both emotionally and financially taxing, even for a first offense DWI conviction. It is possible to experience harsh fines and increased insurance rates, not to mention, a red flag on your record that will detrimentally hinder future employment and/or educational opportunities.

A first offense for DWI can result in the following:

  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days or up to two years’ probation
  • A fine up to $2,000

Probation can include court-mandated DWI education courses, community service and other restrictions on your life. You face an automatic driver’s license suspension 40 days after your arrest if you fail to request an administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing within 15 days of the arrest.

Second Offense DWI

A second offense DWI is a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious of all misdemeanor charges. When labeled a second DWI offender, the court may have little sympathy, believing the accused failed to learn from past mistakes, and harsh penalties could result.

A person convicted of a second DWI could face:

  • A minimum term of confinement of 30 days up to 365 days in jail
  • A fine not to exceed $4,000

With the aid of a good criminal defense attorney, a person convicted of a second offense may be eligible for community supervision (probation) but will be required to serve a minimum of three days in jail as a condition of community supervision. The person’s driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days to up to as long as 2 years. Once he/she can legally drive again, it may be required that an ignition interlock device is installed to regularly check the person’s BAC before the car can be driven.

Third Offense DWI

A third DWI conviction is a third-degree felony, and the resulting penalties increase significantly compared to first and second offense DWI charges.

A third offense DWI is a very serious charge:

  • Prison or jail time: There is a possible punishment range of 2 to 10 years in prison. Even if a community service punishment is granted, a minimum of 10 days in jail will be required.
  • Driver’s license suspension: The person’s driver’s license will be suspended for up to 2 years.
  • Fines and costs: A third offense DWI could result in fines up to $10,000, a number that does not include unforeseen additional fees, like pricey court costs.

Moreover, the court may require that an ignition interlock device is installed in the driver’s vehicle, and the conviction could land the driver in various mandatory programs such as alcohol education and DWI repeat offender classes, as well as substance abuse counseling.

How Long Do I Have to Challenge License Suspension?

When you are arrested for a DWI offense, you have 15 days from the exact date of your arrest to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing to challenge the automatic suspension of your license. Once these 15 days have passed, there is nothing more you can do to prevent your license from automatically being suspended 40 days after your arrest.

Hire an Austin DWI Attorney Who Works Quickly

When you’ve been charged with DWI, you need to hire a strong legal defense team immediately. The longer you wait to get a lawyer, the less chance you’ll have of getting your case dismissed or your sentence reduced.

Not to mention, you only have 15 days to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing from the day of your arrest in order to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license. When you are charged for a DWI offense, it is important to get an experienced DWI attorney who promptly responds to any of your legal questions and will aggressively defend your case.

Why Should You Choose Carroll Troberman, PLLC?

At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, we care deeply about our clients and will aggressively defend your rights. Our attorneys Meredith “Shelly” Troberman and Blair Carroll have excellent relationships with the prosecutors, judges and staff workers at the Travis County Court and will work tirelessly to negotiate an outcome you can live with.

Blair and Shelly have ample experience dealing with Texas DWI cases quickly and effectively. Blair was recently nominated by his peers to the prestigious National College of DUI Defense. Shelly has years of experience prosecuting and defending DWI cases, and her history as a prosecutor has made her an even savvier defender. Blair and Shelly are both seasoned defense attorneys and know exactly how to protect their client’s rights, and if you choose to seek their legal aid, it is our promise that you will not be disappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions on DWI

Are DWI Laws Different for Minors?

Yes, for minors the state of Texas has a “zero tolerance” drinking and driving law. This means that anyone under 21 can be charged for drunk driving if they have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.

Can My DWI Case Get Dismissed?

In some case DWIs get dismissed. This very much depends on the circumstances of the case however. For some cases there is no way around a conviction, in others a DWI attorney could get the case dismissed or charges reduced.

Do I Really Need a DWI Attorney?

This depends on your case, but in most cases it is advisable to hire a DWI attorney. A DWI attorney can help you get a reduced sentence or even an acquittal in some cases. Also, after a DWI arrest your license will automatically be suspended 40 days after your arrest if you don’t challenge the suspension within 15 days after your arrest. Your DWI attorney can help you request a hearing with the Department of Public Safety to challenge the automatic suspension.

Do DWI Convictions Stay on My Record Forever?

Yes they do. A DWI charge is classified as a misdemeanor or in more serious cases felonies, which go on your record if you are convicted. With the help of a good lawyer however, it is sometimes possible to get a DWI charge dismissed or reduced to a lesser traffic violation, in which case you won’t get a conviction on your criminal record.

What Does “Per Se” Intoxication Mean?

A driver is intoxicated “per se” when they have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. According to Texas law, the driver can be convicted for drunk driving based on this blood alcohol test alone, with no additional proof needed.

What is an “Enhanced” DWI Punishment?

For DWIs where the driver has a blood alcohol level of .15 or more you can get an “enhanced punishment”, meaning that you can get punished with higher fines and a longer jail sentence. If you are looking at enhanced penalties you should immediately hire an experienced DWI lawyer.

Will I Lose My License If I Am Charged with A DWI?

A DWI offense in Texas can lead to a suspension of your license for a period of 90 days up to 2 years. The length of suspension is determined based on a driver’s age, blood alcohol level, circumstances of the offense, and prior convictions.

Call (512) 772-2442 for a FREE Consultation

When time is very sensitive in a legal battle, getting your defense ready and preparing your case sooner rather than later is always best. By acting swiftly and contacting our legal experts as soon as you can to represent you in your DWI offense, you could help maximize your chances at a positive outcome.

Our attorneys will help you ease your mind about many of the confusing assumptions and anxious worries about the outcome of your trial by being there step-by-step through the litigation process. They can help you understand your options and the best way to plead your case in hopes of seeking a less harsh punishment or conviction.

What You Can Expect

  1. Attorneys Backed by Over 25 Years Practical Experience
  2. A Former Prosecutor with Extensive Trial Experience
  3. An Accessible Team Who Answers Calls Around the Clock
  4. Complimentary Case Evaluations & Flexible Payment Plans
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