Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in all 50 states. Police routinely look for drivers who break the law, sometimes setting up checkpoints to stop motorists. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Atascosa County, you should discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer to see if the charges can be reduced or dropped.
DWI Penalties and Fines
The penalties and fines for a DWI in Texas vary depending on the number of offenses a driver has been charged with. Fines range from $2,000 for a first DWI offense up to $10,000 for a third offense. You can spend anywhere from a few days to 10 years in jail if convicted of DWI. Regardless of the number of offenses, you could lose your driver’s license for up to two years. You may also have to pay an annual fee for a few years to keep your driving privileges. Under Texas law, two or more DWI convictions within a five-year period will result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device that prevents your vehicle from operating if alcohol is present in your system.
DWI as a Minor
Anyone under the age of 21 is considered a “minor” when it comes to DWI cases. Minors are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol or drugs in their system. A first offense can result in fines, probation, mandatory alcohol abuse classes, community service, and more. These penalties increase with subsequent offenses and may include jail time.
DWI With a Child Passenger
Drinking and driving with passengers can complicate matters, resulting in more severe penalties. If you are arrested for DWI and have a passenger under the age of 15, you may also be charged with child endangerment. DWI with a child passenger carries the following penalties:
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Up to two years in jail
- Driver’s license suspension for 180 days
Contact a Pleasanton Criminal Defense Attorney
A charge of DWI is serious, and a second or subsequent DWI can affect the rest of your life. You need to speak to a skilled Atascosa County DWI defense lawyer for legal assistance. It is possible mistakes were made during your arrest, and our experienced legal team at BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys will help you understand your best options for defending against the charges, avoiding a conviction, and protecting your driver’s license. Call 830-769-1010 today for a consultation.