Texas DWI Penalties

Penalty for DWI —
Houston, Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas

The Phil Morin Law Firm provides experienced and aggressive DWI defense representation to people throughout Brazoria County and the Houston metro area. Our Texas DUI lawyer, former Brazoria County assistant district attorney Phil Morin, understands how prosecutors approach these cases and uses that knowledge to help our clients minimize or avoid the consequences of an arrest and conviction.

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DWI Penalties for a First Conviction:

  • Up to a $2,000 fine for first offense DWI
  • 72 hours to 180 days in jail
  • Driver’s license suspension: 90 days to 1 year

DWI Penalties for a Second Conviction:

  • Up to a $4,000 fine for second offense DWI
  • 30 days to 1 year in jail
  • Driver’s license suspension: 180 days to 2 years

DWI Penalties for a Third Conviction (Felony):

  • Up to a $10,000 fine for a third offense DWI
  • 2 to 10 years in the state penitentiary
  • Driver’s license suspension: 180 days to 2 years

Community Supervision

Community supervision/probation may allow 1st and 2nd-time offenders to avoid spending additional time in jail. That said — probation is no picnic and can include drug/alcohol treatment, a significant number of hours of community service, and educational classes. People convicted of felony DWI charges are technically eligible for probation but the likelihood of receiving it is not good. Probation requirements for any individual will grow more stringent with each conviction.

Other Felony DWI Charges

In addition to the third offense felony classification, felony charges are also brought in cases that involve accidents, serious and fatal injuries, or driving drunk with minor children in the car. These charges include Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter, and DWI with a Child Passenger. Penalties for a conviction on any of these charges are similar to those for a conviction on a third offense.