If you are facing your first DWI, it is critical that you fight your charges. Not only are you facing steep fines and time in jail, but additional DWIs could also have a severe and negative impact on your life. Once you have been convicted of a DWI, subsequent DWIs will carry stricter penalties and even the potential of prison time.
Note: If an open container of alcohol is present, the minimum period of confinement is increased from 3 to 6 days.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED FOR A DWI SECOND OFFENSE IN HOUSTON, YOU MAY FACE HIGHER PENALTIES.
A Houston 2nd offense is a Class A Misdemeanor. While it is not a felony charge, potential penalties for a second DWI offense are severe. Compared to a first DWI conviction, fines are doubled, and the risk of jail time, particularly maximum sentencing, is much higher.
If convicted, you face a fine of up to $4,000 and possible jail time of at least 30 days and up to one year. Your license could be suspended anywhere from 180 days to 2 years. While you may be eligible for community supervision, there is a possibility that you will be required to serve time in jail as a condition of your probation.
A second DWI offense in Houston may also warrant the completion of a DWI intervention education program or the installation of an ignition interlocking device. That event of drinking and driving could impact your life for years to come. Don’t lose more time and money than you absolutely must. If you are facing your 2nd DWI offense, contact Tyler Flood & Associates immediately. Acting now will give you the best chance for an aggressive defense strategy.
THE TEXAS PENAL CODE DEFINES THIRD DWI OFFENSES AS FELONIES.
Third offense DWI’s become felonies if, during the previous ten years, you have been convicted of two DWI’s. You face a fine of up to $10,000 and between two to ten years in prison. Your driver's license may be suspended for up to two years, and to retain your license, you are mandated to pay an annual surcharge of up to $2,000 every year for three years. Additionally, as a convicted felon, you will lose your right to vote and carry a firearm.
DWI education program attendance is mandatory, and you may find yourself barred from any restaurant or bar that serves alcohol. You may be granted community supervision with a 3rd DWI offense. However, you will be required to serve at least ten days in jail.
THE TEXAS PENAL CODE TAKES 3RD OFFENSE DWIS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT DWI CHARGES VERY SERIOUSLY.
DWI cases are complex, but one thing is very clear: multiple convictions carry steep penalties. Whether it is your second, third, or fourth DUI conviction in Houston, you may face the consequence of having an ignition interlock device installed in your car. The device keeps a record of all breath tests, is tamper-resistant, and can be ordered on a car for up to one year.
Issued by the Department of Public Safety, an ignition interlock works like a breathalyzer to analyze blood alcohol content. Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver blows into the approved device. If no alcohol is detected, then the car starts normally. If alcohol is detected, the car is locked and will not start.
In Houston, rolling re-tests are also required. While the car is in motion, the ignition interlock device will beep at pre-set intervals, ordering the driver to stop and submit another breath analysis. This ensures drivers abstain from alcohol while operating the vehicle, and also safeguards against sober individuals starting the car only to have the intoxicated driver take the wheel afterward.
TYLER FLOOD & ASSOCIATES HAS DEFENDED COMPLEX DWI CASES, RESULTING IN DROPPED CHARGES.
The team at Tyler Flood & Associates is award-winning and highly experienced in fighting DWI cases. Tyler Flood is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, demonstrating at least five years of practice in DWI defense. Since 2015, Tyler Flood has been recognized as an ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist for his dedication to using valid scientific techniques in his defense.
It is imperative that you do not drink and drive, especially if you’ve already been convicted of a DWI. However, if you find yourself facing your 2nd DWI offense or even your 6th DUI conviction, the expert team at Tyler Flood & Associates is on your side.
To discuss your charge or for assistance with multiple DWI charges, call Tyler Flood & Associates at (713) 497-1223. Schedule your free initial consultation with our Houston DWI lawyers.
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