What are the potential penalties for a second DWI conviction?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | DWI

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Texas. The penalties for a second conviction can be severe.

Understanding the potential repercussions can help people facing such charges.

Mandatory jail time

One of the most significant penalties is mandatory jail time. Upon conviction, individuals could face a jail sentence ranging from 30 days to one year. It can be a harsh consequence for repeat offenders.

That said, it is possible to be eligible for probation instead of or in addition to jail time. However, probation comes with its own set of conditions. They include regular check-ins with a probation officer, attendance at alcohol education classes, and abstention from alcohol consumption. Violating probation terms can result in additional penalties, including jail time.

Substantial fines

A second DWI conviction also brings the possibility of major fines. These fines can amount to as much as $4,000. It may mean financial strain. Also, these fines do not include additional court costs and fees.

License suspension

A second DWI conviction can mean a driver’s license suspension for 180 days to two years. This suspension can greatly impact individuals’ ability to commute to work, attend school or fulfill other obligations that require driving.

Mandatory ignition interlock device

Texas law mandates the installation of an ignition interlock device. This device requires drivers to pass a breath test before starting their vehicle. The cost of installing and maintaining this device falls on the individual, adding to the financial consequences of a second DWI conviction.

The potential penalties for a second DWI conviction in Texas are severe and can have long-lasting consequences.

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