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DWI in the State of Texas

By The Martinez Law Firm  Jun. 3, 2011 3:47p

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater is against the law in Texas and every other state. Texas has lower limits for commercial drivers (0.04%) and for drivers under the age of 21 (0.02%). Additionally, it is unlawful to drive while under the influence of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and certain prescription medications that impair one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Nearly 40% of fatal traffic accidents are caused by drunk drivers, due to this fact, Texas law enforcement imposes harsh penalties on individuals who are convicted of drunk driving. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, contact a Houston DWI attorney without delay.

Despite public outcry against drinking and driving, people still get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, so much that DWI’s are one of the most common arrests made by the police and, the majority of people who are arrested for DWI, have no prior criminal history. A first time drunk driving conviction in the state of Texas will include a maximum $2,000 fine, 72 hours to 180 days in jail, a driver’s license suspension up to 12 months, and you could be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, at your own expense.

A subsequent or second DWI conviction will incur up $4,000 in fines, from 30 days to 1 year in jail, a 6 months to 2 years driver’s license suspension and the possible requirement of installing the ignition interlock device in your vehicle at your own expense. These penalties represent DWI’s without aggravating circumstances. If a child under the age of 15 was in the vehicle at the time of your arrest, or if your BAC was above .16, or if you caused property damage or serious bodily injury or death, then you are facing serious penalty enhancements. Penalty enhancements mean increased jail time, increased fines and a greater license suspension.

Houston DWI Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been arrested for DWI, contact a Houston DWI attorney from The Martinez Law Firm. We understand that you have a lot to lose from a DWI conviction. We have successfully helped our past clients obtain a reduction of charges or a dismissal altogether. Let us use our knowledge and experience to help you achieve a greater outcome in your DWI case!

Contact a Houston DWI lawyer The Martinez Law Firm for a free initial consultation.

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