A DWI conviction may have any of a number of negative effects on a person. If you have been arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated) in Texas, your primary concerns may be imprisonment and driver’s license revocation. You may also face large fines and surcharges that can put a great deal of strain on your financial situation. These are the most devastating consequences of a DWI conviction. If you are facing multiple DWI offenses, the consequences of a conviction are even more severe.
It is important that you consult an attorney as soon as possible and take action to avoid a DWI conviction. Our Texas DWI lawyers are here to help.
Effects of a DWI Conviction in Texas
The following are some of the potential consequences of a DWI conviction in Texas. In addition to imprisonment, fines and driver’s license suspension, a defendant may face probation and surcharges.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will assess the following surcharge for a period of 3 years following a conviction for DWI:
- $1000 per year for conviction of a DWI 1st offense
- $1500 per year for conviction of a DWI 2nd offense or more
- $2000 per year for any DWI with a breath/blood test result equal to or greater than 0.160
A defendant may face probation or jail time or both. Probation as related to a DWI conviction may include:
- Mandatory reporting to a probation officer
- A drug/alcohol evaluation
- Testing for alcohol and/or drugs
- Jail time as a condition of probation
- MADD Victim-impact classes
- Driving classes
- Driver’s license suspension
- Breath-test equipment in your car
- Court costs
- Monthly probation fees (normally $60)
- Class fees
- Wearing a SCRAM device
- Increased insurance rates