DWI Penalties in Houston, TX

Houston DWI Lawyer: Helping You Avoid Serious Penalties

The purpose of the strict DWI penalties in Texas is to deter people from drinking and driving. If you have been charged with DWI, it is important to understand the penalties that apply to your case. General outlines of the penalties are covered here, however, they can be complex and you may not understand the full consequences of their effect on your future. A Houston DWI lawyer can explain them to you and pursue the minimum possible penalties that apply to your case.

1st DWI Offense – Class B Misdemeanor

  • Fine up to $2000
  • 72 hour – 180 days in jail
  • Driver’s license suspended for up to 1 year

2nd DWI Offense – Class A Misdemeanor

  • Fine up to $4000
  • 30 days – 1 year in jail
  • Driver’s license suspended for up to 2 years

3rd (or subsequent) DWI Offense – Felony

  • Fine up to $10,000
  • 2 – 10 years in prison
  • Driver’s license suspended for up to 2 years

DWI with Child Passenger Under 15 – Felony

  • Fine up to $10,000
  • 180 days – 2 years in jail
  • License suspension

Intoxication Assault – Felony

  • Fine up to $10,000
  • 2 – 10 years in prison
  • Driver’s license suspended for up to 1 year for first time

Intoxication Manslaughter

  • Fine up to $10,000
  • 2 – 20 years in prison
  • Driver’s license suspended for up to 2 years

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney

Being charged with DWI is a very serious matter. It is vital to have a lawyer that is willing to fully investigate your case and work to try and minimize the penalties on your behalf. There are many different aspects to each case, so your defense should be individualized to you specifically.

At Chernoff Law, one of our partners is board certified in criminal deference, and we utilize every resource available to reduce or dismiss your charges. Our combined experience can be used to your benefit. You need the involvement of an experienced lawyer before you make any key decisions regarding your DWI offense.