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Penalties for Underage DWI in Texas

By The Martinez Law Firm  Nov. 9, 2010 7:15p

Any driver who is found to be operating their vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08 percent is subject to serious criminal charges. In the case of an underage driver however, certain laws in Texas stipulate that if any level of alcohol is found in your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) you can and most likely will face criminal DUI charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The penalties for an underage DWI are harsh, and while a misdemeanor conviction may not seem serious, a Houston underage DWI attorney can show you how these penalties are as serious as any other criminal conviction in that they can seriously hinder or ruin a person's life.

In most cases, an underage driver convicted of DWI charges will not face jail time, but instead can face license suspension or revocation, huge fines, and probation or community service which can seriously inhibit the daily life of a young adult. A criminal record for driving under the influence can also cause their insurance rates to skyrocket, and a negative mark on their criminal record can impact every job opportunity or financial situation they may face. In the event that someone is injured or killed due to the underage driver's intoxication however, that child can face felony DWI criminal charges that can include jail or prison time, enormous fines and other serious penalties.

Defending Against DWI Charges in Texas

If you or your child is facing criminal charges for underage DWI, an attorney with years of experience in criminal defense can help you build a defense that can keep serious penalties at bay or have them dismissed entirely. The laws regarding underage DWI are harsh, and at The Martinez Law Firm we can offer you the legal guidance your case needs. Don't allow a case as serious as yours to occur without a legitimate, effective fight against your charges.

Contact a Houston DWI Attorney today for a consultation regarding your case!

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