DWI Penalties in San Antonio, Texas

Defense from a San Antontio DWI Lawyer

One of the major things that you will need to consider after a being arrested for an alleged DWI is what types of penalties you are at risk of receiving. There are a number of things that can determine what penalties a person is subject to, including:

  • The type of DWI offense that occurred
  • The individual's previous DWI history
  • The person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level
  • Whether anyone was hurt as a result of the offense

With each DWI conviction, the penalties become more severe. First-time DWI offenders usually have the best chance of receiving less severe penalties, such as probation instead of jail time. In addition to probation and incarceration, those who are convicted of DWI can also suffer from other penalties, including the loss of their driving privileges.

DWI Penalties in the State of Texas

For a first-time DWI conviction, you can end up be sentenced to any of the following:

  • Jail time (minimum of 3 days, maximum of 180 days)
  • Possible probation in place of jail time
  • Fine of up to $2,000
  • Annual fee for three years, for retaining license ($1,000 or $2,000)
  • Loss of driving privileges for up to 1 year

There are a number of things that can result in your penalties being enhanced, such as the fact that you had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher or the fact that you refused to take a breath or blood test. To learn what the penalties are for repeat DWI convictions, visit our Multiple DWI page. Because the penalties for a DWI case can vary from person to person, you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney when trying to truly assess the gravity of your situation.

Help From A Former Prosecutor

If you are facing penalties because you have been charged with DWI, it is crucial that you obtain the appropriate legal counsel to represent you. At my firm, the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, you can receive the personalized representation that you deserve.

I am a San Antonio DWI defense lawyer who also draws from experience as a prosecutor, so I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to criminal law--including the Texas laws pertaining to DWI. Do not hesitate to consult with me after your DWI arrest!

Contact the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski so that I can provide you with the aggressive advocacy you need! I offer free case evaluations.

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