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NEW PENALTIES FOR A DWI IN TEXAS

DWI First Offense

PENALTIES THAT WENT IN EFFECT SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

JAIL & FINES

The Jail Penalties for a class B & A misdemeanors remain the same, ie 72 hours to 180 days in jail for a class B and 365 days for a class A. However, fines have now increased and are:

1) Up to $3,000 for First conviction to be paid within 36 months;
2) Up to $4,500 for a Second or subsequent conviction within 36 months; and, 
3) Up to $6,000 for a First or subsequent conviction if there is a BAC result of 0.15. The statute says the critical time of the 0.15 is not the time of driving, but rather, the time of the analysis. 

DEFERRED ADJUDICATION

The fines can be waived by the trial judge, as can court cost where the court finds that the defendant is an indigent. This can be done by reviewing tax returns, recent wage statements or other Goverment agency proof.

The Penalties for a DWI in Texas Prior to Sept 1, 2019 can be found here

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