While every state has different laws concerning drunk driving, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a grave matter, one which necessitates severe repercussions regardless of your location. If you operate a motor vehicle in Texas while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are putting yourself at serious risk. Under Texas penal code, DWI convictions in Fort Worth can result in numerous consequences, incorporating license suspension, heavy fines, and imprisonment. Penalties can be enhanced depending on what additional factors are involved like prior convictions, the driver's specific blood alcohol concentration, and the nature of the offense itself.
In the State of Texas, you have 15 days from the date of your DWI arrest to request a telephonic ALR hearing to determine the fate of your Drivers license. Contact our office to find out more.
With each convicted offense comes a more severe consequence. For instance, on a first offense, along with license suspension, an individual may be required to pay a fine and maybe serve the minimum prison term. With a second offense, both the fines and prison sentences may increase. Any additional convictions and the person risks a license revocation and the loss of the ability to drive for life. A judge may also order the defendant to participate in drug or alcohol treatment and education programs. If an auto accident occurred with the DWI, the offender may face civil charges with additional repercussions.
While those over 21 can be charged with DWI if their blood alcohol level is above a certain percentage (0.08% in Texas), if anyone under the age of 21 is found to have any detectable alcohol in their system at all, they will immediately be charged with DUI or Driving Under the Influence with zero tolerance. The amount of alcohol in their system determines the penalties they will face. If a person under 21 is found intoxicated, he or she will incur the same repercussions as an adult.
Call (817) 335-0200 for your free initial private consultation. The Edward G. Jones Law Firm represents clients in Fort Worth, Dallas, and surrounding cities. Weekend and evening appointments available upon request.