Driving While Intoxicated (sometimes called DWI or DUI) is one of the most common charges the average person might face. Police officers are being pressed to enforce the DWI laws very strictly and it is very easy to be wrongly accused. At the same time, the penalties for DWI cases have become increasingly severe over the last few years. In addition to the embarrassment and damage to reputation, a person charged with a second DWI faces penalties including jail for up to a year and a $4000 fine. Deferred Adjudication is specifically disallowed in DWI cases. Further, if your license is suspended as a result of a DWI, it now costs you $1000 a year for three years to be able to drive. The laws regarding DWI cases are very complex and the prosecutors are experts in this field. You need a criminal defense lawyer that has the knowledge, experience, and aggressiveness to level the playing field and hold the state to its burden.
Matthew Arnold has tried countless DWI cases across the state of Texas. He has the expertise you need to prevail in one of these complex cases.
What about my license?
In addition to defending your criminal case, Matthew Arnold will fight for you right to drive at the administrative license revocation hearing following your arrest. If you are arrested for a DWI, call a lawyer immediately. You have a limited time to contest the revocation of your license and such a hearing can be very useful in defending the criminal case later on.
Generally speaking, the penalties for DWI are becoming increasingly severe. The specific range of punishment depends on a number of different circumstances. For example:
a) first offense: a first-offense conviction includes a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or the possibility of serving jail time from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver's license suspension of 90 to 365 days. (Class B Misdemeanor).
b) second offense: the maximum fine increases to no more than $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).
c) third offense: here, you may receive a fine up to $10,000.00 and/or 2 to 10 years of imprisonment, and suspension of your driver's license ranging from 180 days up to 2 years. (3 rd Degree Felony).
d) DWI with an open alcohol container (first offense): In addition to the penalty referenced above you face a minimum 6 days in jail and a fine of no more than $2,000.00. (Class B Misdemeanor).
e) DWI with an accident where serious bodily injury occurred as a proximate cause of the intoxication: this crime is called intoxication assault, and upon conviction you may serve a minimum of 2 years up to a maximum of 10 years in jail. Additionally, you may be fined up to $10,000.00. (3 rd Degree Felony).
f) DWI where a death has occurred as a proximate cause of the intoxication: here, the crime is intoxication manslaughter. Upon conviction you might have to pay a maximum fine of $10,000.00 and/or be imprisoned from 2 to 20 years (Intoxicated Manslaughter or Manslaughter with use of Deadly Weapon are both 2 nd Degree Felonies).
Don’t face this alone. The Criminal Law Offices of Matthew Arnold is here to help you reach a successful resolution to your case.
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