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What Is DWI Really Mean?

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Wilson County Drunk Driving Attorney

What is the definition of "Driving While Intoxicated"?

So in Texas DWI is an acronym for "Driving While Intoxicated." Now we've all heard the phrase don't drink and drive. Believe it or not, that's not actually the law. There's a lot of phrases people use like being hammered, being drunk, being tipsy that actually have no legal meaning. In Texas, the key term is intoxication. The law says you cannot be intoxicated and drive a vehicle on a public roadway.

What are the definitions of intoxication in Texas?

So in Texas intoxication has three distinct definitions. The first is the loss of your mental faculties, the second is the loss of the normal use of your physical faculties, and the third is having a blood-alcohol concentration above 0.08.

Can I go to jail for a DWI charge?

So you can certainly go to jail for DWI in Texas. Even a DWI first carries a punishment range up to 180 days in the county jail. Obviously, as you progress, DWI second, a DWI third the punishment ranges get more severe and the possibility of going to jail becomes very much more real.

I've been charged with a DWI. What should I do next?

So if you find yourself arrested for driving while intoxicated, feel free to give us a call. We have a lot of experience in these cases. Over the years, we've helped hundreds if not thousands of people with DWI charges. We can certainly help you with yours.

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