Denton County Lawyers for Multiple DWI Offenses
Trust in the Law Offices of Tim Powers to Help You
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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