DWI: Second Offense in Austin
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Being convicted of a second DWI can result in a long list of penalties as well as a criminal record visible to employers, landlords, and educational institutions. The repercussions can be intense, there is the risk of a long slue of penalties, and many inconveniences stemming from perhaps a simple mistake or misunderstanding.
Is a 2nd DWI a Felony?
No, unlike a first offense, a second DWI charge is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious type, which is comparable to assault with bodily injury or resisting arrest.
Because there is the obvious case made that you have been in the same trouble before it is often presumed by a judge or jury that you have simply not learned your lesson or have a great disregard for the law, however, this is often far from the case.
Each DWI case is unique and should be considered carefully will all evidence examined. Often times a second DWI offense is easily skimmed over and judged on assumption with bias and little-known fact about the exact parameters of the case.
It is important to have a strong defense time behind your case to help you represent every facet of your incident in order to help alleviate the presumed punishment for second offense DWI convictions. Going from behind the wheel to behind bars for an extended period over a misunderstood incident can be grueling for many of those being convicted who aren’t nearly as bad or ‘criminalized’ as the law may depict.
How Serious Is A Second DWI Offense?
It is understandable that there would be some fear and uncertainty following a second DWI offense. There are presumably stiffer punishments, less room for understanding or forgiveness, and of course the looming worry that a harsh sentence and ‘inevitable jail time’ is just around the corner.
However many of our clients contact us in a frantic rush out of not knowing what is to become of their freedom or reputation. To this, we open up and relieve many worries of our clients by informing them of the lighter reality of their situation.
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He ALWAYS answered my calls and emails almost immediately and was extremely helpful with any questions I may have had.- Amy N.
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Trusting someone with your life is an incredibly difficult choice and one we never want to have to make but Shelly and her team have helped me through some of these stressful situations. I used several different lawyers before finding her and was less than impressed with all of them. When I contracted her to help me with my second DWI, I found out quickly how a highly competent lawyer handles the courtroom. I have since worked with her on several cases and I have recommended her to many of my friends and family. All of us have been fortunate that she was on our side and I highly recommend her for any legal services.- Jason W.