If I take a breath and/or blood test and the alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 OR MORE, what are the ramifications?

If you submit to a DWI blood test or breath test and your alcohol concentration (BAC) comes back as 0.15 or higher, your charge can be enhanced from a DWI class B misdemeanor to a DWI class A misdemeanor.

This may carry conviction penalties similar to a DWI 2nd. A class A misdemeanor may result in 30 days to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.

DWI Blood Test and Surcharge

Furthermore, as a result of conviction, Texas will assert a mandatory annual surcharge fee to be paid to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). This fee will be paid for a period of 3 years as a condition of maintaining a driver’s license.


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