What are the Consequences of a DWI in Tarrant County? Find out in this post by seasoned Fort Worth DWI Defense Lawyer Stephen Handy.

The consequences of a DWI conviction can be devastating to you emotionally and legally. This is why it is so important to hire a qualified and experienced DWI attorney to represent you.

I completely understand that the emotional toll of being arrested for DWI is sometimes harder on you than the actual legal consequences. My goal is to not only represent you against the allegations but also give you the support to get through the months (and sometimes years) it takes to get the best result possible for you.

Most of my clients that hire me to represent them on a DWI case are law abiding citizens who have never been in any kind of trouble before. Until now, they have never been in jail. They have never had to post a bond to get out of jail. They have never read about the criminal justice process in any detail. And they certainly have never had any reason to hire a criminal attorney. The uncertainty of the process and what will happen causes a huge amount of stress and anxiety.

Having an attorney that will explain (in plain English) the process of fighting a DWI, what that means to you and how it will affect you is very important. In my practice, I strive to not only provide the best DWI defense possible, but also provide the emotional support and knowledge you need to deal with the uncertainty during this period.

If you have been arrested for a DWI or DUI, please call me to set up a free consultation where we can discuss your case. Just because you are charged with a DWI does not necessarily mean you will be convicted of a DWI. I will do my best to defend your rights. It is important to remember to call as soon as possible to ensure you have time to fight the administrative license suspension, which is separate from the criminal charge of DWI.

From a strictly legal perspective, the following are some of the legal consequences of being convicted of DWI in Texas

First conviction – Class B Misdemeanor
Up to a $2,000 fine
Up to 180 days in jail
Up to a 1 year drivers license suspension
$1,000 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license (Driver Responsibility Act)
Possible Interlock on any vehicle you operate

Second conviction – Class A Misdemeanor
Up to a $4,000 fine
Up to one year in jail
Suspended driver’s license for up to two years
$1,500 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license (Driver Responsibility Act)
Possible Interlock on any vehicle you operate

Third conviction – Felony
Up to a $10,000 fine
Up to ten years in prison
Suspended driver’s license for up to two years
$2,000 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license (Driver Responsibility Act)

Note: If you are released from jail on bond, you may be required to install an Interlock device on your car while the charges are pending. These devices are programmed to require a periodic sample of your breath in order to start and drive your vehicle.

Other Related DWI Charges

If there was an accident involving Serious Bodily Injury, you could face charges for Intoxication Assault. Intoxication Assault is a 3rd degree felony which could result in:

• A fine up to $10,000
• Prison term up to 10 years

If there was a death involved, you could face charges for Intoxication Manslaughter. Intoxication Manslaughter is a 2nd degree felony which could result in:

• Fine up to $10,000
• Prison term of 2 to 20 years

If you had a child in the car under 15 years of age, you could face:
• Fine up to $10,000
• Prison term of 180 days to 2 years

If you have been arrested for DWI, please call my office as soon as possible to discuss your case at 817-589-2134 or 817-284-2262.

Law Office of Stephen Handy