First offense DWI

First Offense DWI Defense in Georgetown, TX

Dedicated Representation from Former Prosecutors

A first-offense DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charge should not be taken lightly. It carries potential long-term repercussions, including heavy fines, driver's license suspension, and a criminal record that can impact employment and educational opportunities.

If you've been arrested for a DWI in Texas, quick action is critical. Navigating the aftermath of a first offense DWI can be stressful and complex, but you don't have to face it alone. Our seasoned attorneys are here to offer dedicated defense strategies tailored to your case.

Contact us at (512) 961-4555 or fill out our online form for a confidential consultation.

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Typical Penalties for a First-Offense DWI in Texas

In Texas, the penalties for a first offense DWI are significant and can have lasting consequences. If you are pulled over and found to have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you can be legally deemed intoxicated and will likely be arrested and charged. 

Upon conviction, a first-time DWI offender can expect to face:

  • Up to a $2,000 fine 
  • Up to 180 days in jail, with a minimum of three (3) mandatory days of incarceration 
  • A one-year (1) driver's license suspension

These penalties serve as a sobering reminder of the serious stance Texas takes on driving while intoxicated and the importance of seeking competent legal counsel to navigate the legal proceedings that follow an arrest.

Understanding the Severity of DWI Charges in Texas

According to the Texas Penal Code, a first-offense DWI is typically charged as a Class B misdemeanor. However, certain aggravating factors can escalate the severity of these charges and/or the associated penalties. For instance, if the individual is arrested with an open container of alcohol in their immediate possession, the first-time DWI still constitutes a Class B misdemeanor, while the mandated minimum jail time is increased from three (3) days to six (6).

If the situation involves a driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.15% or higher, it further intensifies the legal repercussions. At this level of intoxication, the offense is elevated to a Class A misdemeanor. Meanwhile, in more severe circumstances, such as if an individual is found driving under the influence with a minor child in the vehicle, this is a felony offense and you may face additional charges, such as child endangerment. 

It's important to recognize these distinctions as they carry different penalties and have varying impacts on the alleged offender's record. 

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    Why Legal Counsel Is Strongly Encouraged 

    Dealing with a DWI arrest can feel overwhelming. Our legal team brings an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, which we can use to help you understand the charges against you and your potential legal options. 

    At Winters & Chidester, we bring our clients:

    • A Multifaceted Understanding of the DWI Process: As former prosecutors, we understand the strategies the state might use against you.
    • Bilingual Services: Offering legal assistance in both English and Spanish to help every client feel more confident.
    • Customized Defense: We tailor our defense tactics based on the specifics of your situation, always advocating for your best possible outcome.

    If you face a first-offense DWI charge, remember that the assistance of seasoned legal representation can significantly affect the outcome of your case. With personalized attention and a determined approach, we stand ready to defend your independence and future.

    For first offense DWI defense representation that considers every detail, call our Georgetown-based firm at (512) 961-4555 or reach out online.