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San Antonio DWI – Driving While Intoxicated

Hire a San Antonio DWI lawyer Who Knows How to Fight

The odds are stacked against you if you are pulled over and the officer suspects that you’ve been drinking. With San Antonio DWI lawyer Gary Trichter on your side, you can rest assure that he’ll aggressively defend your rights. Being arrested for DWI is frightening and can be personally and professionally devastating costing you thousands of dollars in fines and fees. Unfortunately, it could also cost you your job.

Gary Trichter can help.

A San Antonio DWI Attorney Who has Defended Thousands of Clients

Recognized as leading DWI lawyer, Gary Trichter has defended thousands of clients all over Texas since 1980. He has spoken at more than 300 seminars and conferences teaching judges, other attorneys, and police officers about the rights of those arrested for DWI and DUI. With so much at stake, trust the experience of a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense and San Antonio DWI lawyer.

Gary Trichter is One of Only Four DWI Specialist in Texas

Gary is one of only four attorneys in Texas who is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense which means, he is board certified as a DUI Defense Attorney by the NCDD–the only certification approved by the American Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association. He is also a pioneer in DWI defense, representing clients across the country who value their reputations and understand the impact a DWI charge can have on their lives and careers.  The textbook he co-authored, Texas Drunk Driving Law, is used by criminal attorneys throughout Texas. He has also authored or co-authored 50 legal and aviation articles and has been a featured speaker at more than 300 seminars on criminal defense, DWI and DUI. He is sought after by lawyers, judges, and prosecutors about various aspects of the DWI law.

Possible Punishment for a First-Time DWI Offense

If you’ve been charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor DWI, your fines and punishment for a DWI first conviction will depend upon a few factors including your blood or breath alcohol level (BAC) at the time of your arrest. If…

Your BAC is less than .15, you could be charged with a class B misdemeanor where you’ll 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

Your BAC is .15 or more, you’ll face a class A  misdemeanor, which means:

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

Your charges will increase if you had an open container in your vehicle and you’ll face the following punishment:

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

The court has the discretion to determine bond conditions on a first-offense DWI, but if you are charged with a subsequent DWI or intoxicated assault or manslaughter, in Texas, you’ll be required to install a vehicle ignition interlock device on your car. An ignition interlock device temporarily disables your vehicle if it detects a certain alcohol level on your breath. You will be required to have the device on any motor vehicle you operate including those vehicles you use for your job.

2017 DWI Non-Disclosure Law Provides a Second Chance to First-Time 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.

What if I’m convicted of DWI a second time?

The San Antonio DWI lawyers at Trichter & LeGrand advise clients to fight a DWI first offense aggressively due to the severe penalties for subsequent DWI convictions. A Second Offense DWI holds the following penalties:

  • A maximum fine increases up to $4,000.00 and/or
  • Jail from 30 days to one year, and
  • A possible driver’s license suspension ranging from 180 days to 2 years (Class A Misdemeanor)

What if I’m convicted of DWI a third time?

DWI third offense, is a third degree felony and that means much more severe penalties and fines:

  • A fine up to $10,000.00 and/or
  • 2 to 10 years of imprisonment (keep in mind that imprisonment is in a state-run penal institution whereas jail is a county-run institution), and
  • Suspension of your driver’s license from 180 days to 2 years.
  • With your felony conviction, you’ll be disqualified from voting and possessing a firearm

Being charged with a DWI can change your life. Whether it’s your first, second, third or more–let the San Antonio DWI attorneys at Trichter & LeGrand fight for you.

Call us 24/7 to speak to Gary about your case.

Let us answer your Texas DWI Questions

Texas DWI Questions

  • What is a DWI 3rd or more and the potential punishment?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What are the penalties for a DWI in Texas?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?


According to the State of Texas, a DWI third offense is when an individual is arrested for DWI and has previously been convicted two times of DWI. If you are convicted of a third DWI, this third-degree felony can result in A fine up to $10,000 Betwe ...

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Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. T ...

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DWI 2nd is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge is when you are arrested for DWI and have previously been convicted once of driving while intoxicated. There is no limit to how old your previous conviction may be in orde ...

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A DWI conviction produces a permanent record. It is also important to note that a DWI probation, which is also a final conviction, will remain permanently on your criminal record. If, however, your DWI conviction case results in a dismissal, then the ...

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The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license. The ALR Program is “a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, i ...

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THE PENALTIES FOR DWI IN TEXAS ARE: The First-Offense penalties for DWI conviction with less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspensio ...

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Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors. In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive. DUI punishment as a result of a charge does not re ...

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DWI is a criminal offense which prohibits you from operating a motor vehicle in a public place while “intoxicated” is defined as having lost the normal use of either mental or physical faculties, or having a .08 alcohol level in either your breat ...

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