DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI)

Driving while under the influence of alcohol, medical drugs, opiates, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs and controlled substances can be a very serious offense. A person can be arrested or charged with a DWI if their blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher while driving. It is scientifically proven that drugs or alcohol can impair your brain and motor skills. Driving while impaired puts your life, those of your loved ones, and the lives of other innocent people in danger.

An arrest or conviction of a DWI can have a negative and devastating impact on your life. It can affect your employment, career, finances, family/personal and work relationships, and freedom.

Punishment for DWI depends exclusively on the number of convictions you have had in the past:

FIRST OFFENSE

  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • Three days to 180 days in jail
  • Loss of driver license up to a year
  • Annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

SECOND OFFENSE*

  • A fine of up to $4,000
  • One month to a year in jail
  • Loss of driver license up to two years
  • Annual fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

THIRD OFFENSE*

  • A $10,000 fine
  • Two to 10 years in prison
  • Loss of driver license up to two years
  • Annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

*If you get two or more DWI convictions in less than five years, you will be asked to install a special ignition switch that prevents your vehicle from being operated if you have alcohol levels above the legal limit.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI related crime, it is important to seek advice from an experienced attorney. Call 713-DRUG LAW (378-4529) now for a free consultation.

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