Houston Criminal Defense Blog

First Time DWI Crimes

shutterstock_2685757-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1[1]People make mistakes, and almost anyone is susceptible to being arrested for a DUI. Often DWI drivers are not intentionally committing a crime when they get in the car and start driving. In fact, many drivers aren’t even certain that they are over the legal limit when they start driving. Those who have never received a DWI before may not have any idea if they have consumed too much alcohol, and may intend to drive home without any idea that they are in direct violation of the law.

Every year, new individuals get pulled over for a first DWI. Thankfully, Texas law permits that all first-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor for their first DWI unless there are additional charges which could make the crime a felony. For example, if a driver is pulled over with a BAC of 0.10% and has no previous DWIs on his or her record, then that person will only be charged with a misdemeanor. This is a provision that is mandated by the Texas First Time Offender Felony Charge Act.

A driver must be pulled over for the third time for a DWI to be charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor. A felony DWI in Texas can results in a two-to-ten year prison sentence if the individual is convicted, and a fine up to $4,000. There are also additional court costs which can often add to the costs of the fines.

If you have been arrested for a first-time DUI, then you are probably worried about your future. Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor, this conviction could still have serious implications for your driving record, criminal record, and could have significant punishments. If you want more information about DWI defense, or if you need to hire a Houston DUI defense lawyer to assist you, then hire Billy Skinner & Associates. Are you searching for a DUI attorney in Houston? You’ve come to the right place! Contact the firm today for more information!

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