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Even if this is your first drunk driving charge, you still have to fight to avoid a conviction. Find out how to build your defense by working with a Wilco misdemeanor DWI defense attorney.

Many people make the mistake of assuming that because the penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) increase with each offense, the first infraction must not be a big deal.

This couldn't be further from the truth. While it's true that your first and even second DWIs are both misdemeanors, it's still imperative to challenge them in court and seek a dismissal or acquittal.

If you simply admit guilt to drinking and driving, that means a future arrest automatically becomes more serious. To protect your future, it's critical that you build a defense with the help of a Williamson County misdemeanor DWI lawyer from Hines Ranc & Holub.

Misdemeanor Penalties for Drunk Driving in Texas

A first or second DWI might be a misdemeanor, but that doesn't mean the penalties aren't serious. From expensive fines to imprisonment and more, it's important to know what a conviction might mean and what you're trying to avoid.

Detailed below are the penalties for a first DWI offense:

    • Class B misdemeanor
    • Fine up to $2,000
    • Up to 180 days in jail
    • One-year drivers license suspension
    • Three-year annual fee of $1,000-$2,000 to retain your license after the suspension expires

The potential penalties increase for a second DWI offense:

    • Class A misdemeanor
    • Fine up to $4,000
    • Up to one year in jail
    • Two-year drivers license suspension
    • Three-year annual fee of $1,000-$2,000 to retain your license after the suspension expires
    • Installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle if the second DWI is within five years of the first

The Consequences Don't Stop There

The negative consequences of a DWI don't stop with the legal penalties, which is just one more reason that you don't want to admit guilt. Adding to the financial pain, you can expect your auto insurance rates to increase substantially.

Because you'll now have a criminal record, you might even lose your job, and finding new employment can become a challenge. The same goes for applying for loans and housing.

These are real repercussions of a DWI conviction, but you might not have to deal with them if you develop your defense with the help of a Wilco misdemeanor DWI lawyer.

Fight Your Drunk Driving Charge with the Right Defense

Whether you failed a blood draw, a field sobriety test, or a breathalyzer, it doesn't mean the evidence is unbeatable. No test is 100 percent accurate without fail, and there might be issues with your arrest or even a rights violation that gets the evidence thrown out.

Identifying the most potent defense takes experience and hard-earned knowledge, however, but that's why we're here. Our firm can give you the best chance to beat your misdemeanor DWI.

 

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