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Will I Go to Jail if I Get a DWI in Texas?

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For most DWI convictions in the state of Texas, facing jail time is a possibility. Follow along to find out the probability of serving time in jail for a DWI offense in Texas and how an experienced Kaufman County, Texas DWI lawyer from Harrell & Paulson, LLP can help you navigate the circumstances of your case.

Can I face jail time if I receive a DWI in Texas?

For a first-offense DWI in the state of Texas, you may receive a jail sentence of up to 180 days.

Anyone charged with a second DWI will be seen as a repeat offender, which will most likely entail an even harsher penalty of up to one year in jail.

A third DWI offense in Texas is evidently the most detrimental, with the possibility of facing anywhere between 2 to 10 years in prison.

Other penalties you may face, which vary depending on it being your first, second, or third offense, are as follows:

  • License suspension.
  • Fines.
  • Enrollment in DWI education or alcohol treatment programs.
  • Community service.
  • Installation and use of the ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Notably. Texas does not have a “wash-out” period for DWIs, meaning a DWI conviction stays on your record and counts as a prior conviction forever.

Is there another factor that will increase my likelihood of being incarcerated for a DWI in Texas?

When someone is found to be under the influence of alcohol while transporting a child passenger under the age of 15, they will likely be charged with DWI with Child Passenger. This can warrant up to two years of incarceration, among other penalties.

Those who operate commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers and school buses, are held to a higher standard than other drivers. Though a regular driver can receive a DWI with a BAC of .08% or higher, a commercial driver only needs a BAC of .04% to receive a DWI. If you get a DWI while operating a commercial vehicle in Texas, you can expect to face up to 180 days of incarceration, among other penalties. Give a Kaufman County, Texas criminal defense lawyer from our legal team a call today so we can start working on your case.

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