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NEW PENALTIES FOR
DWI IN TEXAS

New DWI Penalties For DWI In Texas

NEW PENALTIES WENT INTO EFFECT SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

Deferring Adjudication for 1st DWI Offense

As part of the new law, if you’re charged with DWI and had a BAC under .15, the judge may order you to deferred adjudication. 

This means you will be placed on probation. 

You’ll be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your vehicle. 

Once you complete the terms of the probation the conviction will not show up on your record. 

If you are charged with a second offense, the first can be referred to for enhanced sentencing purposes. 

Increasing Fines for DWI Offenses

  • 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:
  • Up To $3,000 For First Conviction To Be Paid Within 36 Months;
  • Up To $4,500 For A Second Or Subsequent Conviction Within 36 Months; And,
  • Up To $6,000 For driving with a BAC of .15 or more
  • 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.

Requiring Ignition Interlock Devices in DWI Arrests Involving Children

If a person was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, they must have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on their vehicle as a requirement of posting bond.

Click Here To Read The Old Penalties For A DWI In Texas Prior To Sept 1, 2019

If you have been arrested and charged with a DWI or DUI in the State of Texas you are facing two cases against you

One case is by the Texas Department of Public Safety to suspend your drivers license and the other is the criminal case by the State of Texas. 

You only have 15 days to act or you will lose your drivers license and your first case. 

We Recommend you get the best DWI attorney you can afford and fast.

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