Collin County Lawyers for Multiple DWI Offenses
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As you might expect, the court system gives an accused person charged with a subsequent DWI much more attention than they would a first time offender. By Statute, the Judge must order a breath test devise installed in a defendant's car as a condition of bail if the defendant is charged with a subsequent DWI. In the old days, some judges would let this requirement slide. This is no longer the case. Nothing worries judges more than bad publicity and there's no worse publicity than a defendant getting into an intoxication-related accident while on bail for his or second DWI.
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Punishments for Multiple and Felony DWI Charges
It is imperative that you understand the risks associated with driving while intoxicated. Aside from the dangers it presents, DWIs can result in lifelong changes. If you are convicted of multiple DWIs, or a felony DWI, you face steep penalties, including:
- A conviction for a second DWI carries with it more punishment. The top end of the range of punishment is increased to a maximum of 1 year in jail. Probation is still available, but there is a minimum of 3 days in jail required as a condition of probation.
- A DWI charge after two prior convictions is a third degree felony. Punishment is increased, with a range of 2 to 10 years in prison. Probation is still available, but felony probation is onerous and minimum jail time rises to 10 days.
Currently, no matter how many prior DWI's you have received you are still potentially eligible for an occupational driver's license.
What You Need to Know
If this is your second DWI offense and your second driver's license suspension, your occupational license might not take effect immediately. If your license was previously suspended upon conviction of an intoxication offense in the last five years, the law does not allow for your occupational license to become effective until one year after the effective date of the new suspension.
If you had your license suspended because of a breath test refusal in the previous five years, your occupational license might not take effect until 90 days after the effective date of the new suspension. This is true irrespective of whether you were actually convicted of any prior intoxication offense.
Contact the Law Offices of Tim Powers for legal help with your Texas DWI / DUI arrest.
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