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Second Chance for First-Time DWI Offenders

In 2017, a law was signed allowing first-time DWI offenders with a BAC of .08 to .14 to apply for a “non-disclosure.”

If you agree to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, the provision restricts who can see your criminal record.You can apply for a non-disclosure two years after the end of your probation, but you must have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for 6 months during the non-disclosure period. If you decide not to have the device installed, you must wait 5 years after your probation to apply.

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What can you expect if you've been convicted of DWI?

Here is some straight answers from our Houston DWI Lawyers. Your punishment and fines for a first conviction depends upon a few factors that can escalate your punishment and fines. Depending upon your blood or breath alcohol level (BAC), you could be charged with a class A or B misdemeanor.

If your BAC less than .15, you’ll be charged with a class B misdemeanor and face: 

  • the possibility of a fine no more than $2,000 and/or
  • 3 to 180 days in jail and
  • a suspended driver license from 90 to 365 days

Those penalties escalate if your BAC is .15 or more. Now you’ll face a class A  misdemeanor, which incurs:

  • a fine not to exceed $4,000 and
  • up to 1 year in the county jail.

Let’s say you have an open container in your vehicle when you are arrested. If you are convicted, the punishment increases requiring:

  • a minimum jail sentence of 6 days (instead of 3 days).
  • you’ll be assessed an annual tax (called a surcharge) of $1,000-$2,000 by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to retain your driver’s license.

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Do not leave your reputation in the hands of less experienced Houston DWI Lawyers

  • WE WROTE THE BOOK ON DWI: Our founder, Gary Trichter, is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense and he co-authored the textbook, Texas Drunk Driving Law, and has authored or co-authored more than 46 legal and aviation articles.
  • WE HAVE TAUGHT JUDGES & POLICE OFFICERS: Recognized DWI lawyers, we practice all over Texas. We’ve taught judges, other attorneys, and police officers across the country about Texas DUI law and the rights of those arrested. 
  • ONE OF ONLY FOUR DWI SPECIALIST IN TEXAS: Gary is one of only four attorneys in Texas who have been board certified as DUI Defense Attorneys by the National College for DUI Defense. This is the only entity approved by the American Bar Association to issue this qualification. 
  • WE PROVIDE DWI DEFENSE ALL OVER TEXAS: Trichter & LeGrand defends clients all over Texas from our offices in Houston and Bandera. We practice in all counties including Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County and Webster County. 


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