If you have a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI), the state of Texas has some harsh penalties in store—but that is only the beginning.
A DWI conviction can throw up roadblocks in your life and put your plans for the future in jeopardy.
About the penalties
If you are a first-time DWI offender, you are looking at a Class B misdemeanor charge. You stand to lose your driver’s license for 90 days to as much as one year. You could also spend from 72 hours up to 180 days behind bars and pay fines for as much as $2,000. If you have a second DWI conviction, the fines more than double, jail time begins at 30 days and you will lose your driver’s license for 180 days to two years.
A DWI mark on your record may make job hunting more difficult. Employers run background checks on applicants and may pass you by for an applicant with a clean record. A DWI conviction will also disqualify you from obtaining the state licensing or certifications you need for certain types of professions, such as education, medicine or law.
Higher insurance premiums
Your auto insurance company may view you as a high-risk driver once they become aware of your DWI conviction. The insurer could either cancel your policy or issue a new one at a much higher rate. The increase will likely remain in effect for years.
A look ahead
With a DWI conviction, you must also face friends and family, some of whom may lose confidence in your ability to make good decisions. Keep in mind that you have rights that deserve protection under the law. Considering the potential long-term effects of a DWI, you want the best outcome possible for your case.