Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about the Consequences of Repeat Offenses

Some drivers are charged with DWI once and then never drink and drive again. Other drivers get one DWI and are then later arrested for a second offense. Unfortunately, there are a few drivers who continue to drive under the influence of alcohol after a second, third, or even a fourth DWI.

One Texas driver was recently convicted of his tenth DWI after his twelfth DWI arrest. An officer stopped Ivy Ray Eberhardt after receiving a call regarding a reckless driver and subsequently observing Eberhardt’s minivan swerving all over the road. During the traffic stop, a bottle of whiskey was found in the minivan and Eberhardt admitted to having consumed a large portion of the 750ml bottle.

The consequences of being convicted of DWI in Texas increase with each subsequent offense. Since Eberhardt’s most recent DWI conviction is his tenth, he now faces life in prison with the possibility of parole. Most drivers do not need to be concerned with the penalty for a tenth DWI, but it is important that drivers understand what they could face if they are convicted of DWI, whether for the first time or a subsequent offense.

If you are convicted of a first DWI offense, you may have to pay a fine of up to two thousand dollars and spend between three and one hundred and eighty days in jail. Your license may be suspended, and when you are able to get it back, you may have to pay a surcharge in order to keep it. Texas law was recently changed so that a first time DWI offender could even be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

A second DWI conviction could result in a fine of up to four thousand dollars, and between one month and one year of jail time. The license suspension period, surcharge, and possibility of an ignition interlock requirement is the same as it is for a first offense. If you are convicted of DWI in Texas for a third time, you could be fined up to ten thousand dollars and spend two to ten years in state prison, in addition to other penalties like license suspension.

In addition to increasing penalties with each subsequent offense, there are some factors which could increase the penalties in your DWI case regardless of whether this is your first offense or a subsequent offense. For example, DWI with a passenger in the vehicle who is under the age of fifteen could result in a fine of up to ten thousand dollars and a sentence of two years in jail. If you cause serious bodily injury or death as a result of driving while intoxicated, you could face felony charges.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, it is important that you understand the nature of the charges against you. A Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you understand the charges, and they can help you put up your best defense against them. To lean more, please call Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, today, at 214-521-4567.

 

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