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DWI Charges & Penalties in Texas
Texas law uses the term “operating” a vehicle when defining this offense, which means that you can be charged even if you have not actually driven your car down the road. The mere act of having the keys in the ignition and the ability to affect the function or operation of the vehicle while intoxicated from alcohol or drug use can lead to a DWI. If your BAC measures .15 percent or more, you will face even stiffer penalties than otherwise.
You can be arrested and charged with drunk and/or drugged driving in Texas under the following circumstances:
- As an adult driver, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or higher
- As a driver under the age of 21, your BAC measures .02 percent or more
- You visibly demonstrate being intoxicated by drugs or alcohol as observed by law enforcement
Penalties for a first DWI offense include jail time of 72 hours up to 6 months, fines of up to $2,000, a loss of your driving privileges for 90 days up to a year, and a DWI education program. Additionally, your insurance premiums are likely to spike. Penalties are enhanced if you are found driving with a child passenger; driving with a BAC in excess of .15 percent; facing a second, third, or subsequent conviction; or seriously injuring or killing another in a DWI traffic accident.
Contact our Bryan DWI defense attorney at 979-353-6632 for assistance.
Driving while intoxicated from alcohol and/or drugs is one of the most common criminal cases heard in Texas courts. It often happens to individuals who have never had any previous trouble with the law. Even as a first offense, however, a DWI charge is a serious matter that carries harsh penalties, plus the collateral damage of losing your license and moving forward with a permanent criminal record. Because of this, you owe it to yourself to seek expert legal counsel.
In any DWI criminal case, you can turn to The Law Office of Jay Granberry for superior legal representation. Attorney Jay Granberry is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has decades of criminal law experience, both as a former prosecutor and as a trial lawyer—you will be hard-pressed to find another attorney with such outstanding qualifications. We recommend that you call us when facing DWI charges for the counsel and support you need.