Texas law takes drunk driving very seriously, and drivers charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the state can face serious penalties. Those consequences only grow more severe if they already have convictions on their criminal record. How can a DWI charge impact a person’s life if they have a prior conviction?
What penalties do drivers face with one prior DWI conviction on their record?
Even one past mistake can have an impact, and drivers facing their second DWI conviction face penalties that are much harsher than those for a first offense. They will spend at least one month in jail and may spend up to a year behind bars. They will also be required to pay up to $4,000 in fines and lose their driver’s license for up to two years.
What penalties do drivers face with two prior DWI convictions?
With two prior DWI convictions and less than five years between the most recent conviction and the current charge, the consequences of a third conviction can be particularly serious. A third conviction will lead to a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison and up to two years off the road. It can also be charged as a third-degree felony.
While the penalties that drivers face with prior DWI convictions on their record can be daunting, it is possible for people to defend themselves against these charges. With the right legal strategy, they can protect themselves and their future from the impact of current accusations and past convictions.