Texas DWI Penalties

A DWI charge in Texas is when you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher, or your mental and physical abilities were affected by alcohol. Texas is known for its strict laws and tough ideals, and a DWI charge is no different! The following penalties may apply to your DWI case. Some you may already know about, others may come as a shock to you.

First Offense

You may face a fine up to $2,000. You can spend anywhere from 3 to 180 days in jail. Your driver’s license could be revoked for up to 1 year. Here’s what you may not know: you’ll pay an annual fee of $1,000 to $2,000 for 3 years just to retain your driver’s license!

Second Offense

Your fine will double up to $4,000. You can spend anywhere from 1 month to 1 year in jail. You could lose your driver’s license for up to 2 years. Plus, you’ll have an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 for 3 years to retain your driver’s license!

Two Separate Cases

Your penalties will fall under two separate cases; one is criminal, the other applies to the ALR law. Under the ALR law, you will have your license suspended for 90 days if you failed the BAC (blood alcohol content) test and were a first-time offender. If you were previously suspended for failing or refusing the test, your license will be suspended for 1 year.


Many times, the judge will allow your jail sentence to be probated for 2 years. Probation is essentially a deal between you and the court. In exchange for probation, you’ll have to fulfill certain requirements such as: meeting with your probation officer once a month, not to commit any other crimes, perform community service, attend DWI classes, refrain from consuming alcohol and not leaving your county of residence unless you have received permission.

Other Penalties

While these are just some of the penalties of a DWI charge, there are many more. From increased insurance rates, to an ignition interlock system being installed in your car, there are many ways a DWI charge can affect your life. That’s why it’s imperative to contact an attorney that focuses his practice on DWIs.

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