Even A First-Time DWI Is A Serious Matter
Drunk driving is a criminal offense. Typically a first-time DWI is a misdemeanor, though it can be charged as a felony if there are aggravating factors.
With so much at stake even for a basic DWI, you need an experienced attorney defending your rights and challenging the charges. At Fifield Brown & Palmquist, you have the edge of being represented by former prosecutors. Call our Cedar Park law office today to learn how our DWI representation can make a difference.
What Are The Penalties For A First DWI Offense?
If you are over 21, a first-time DWI is punishable by:
- Jail time of up to 180 days (minimum of three days)
- A fine of up to $3,000
- License suspension for up to one year
- Probation, community service and/or drunk driving education
License suspension can be reduced to 90 days if you install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Drivers under the age of 21 are subject to a $500 fine and license suspension of 60 to 180 days for a first offense of DUI (zero tolerance). If the underage driver’s blood alcohol is .08 or greater, they face the same DWI penalties as adults over 21.
A first offense of refusing the breathalyzer test results in license suspension for 180 days.
Enhancing Factors That Increase The Penalties
You could face steeper penalties, even for a first DWI offense, if:
- You had a child age 14 or younger in the car
- Your blood alcohol content was .15 or higher
- You had an open container of alcohol
- You caused a crash resulting in injury or death
We Aim To Spare You From The Consequences
You may be tempted to “take your punishment.” But if you are ever arrested again for DWI, the penalties are much harsher. Our skilled DWI defense lawyers can fight the license suspension and the criminal conviction to minimize the impact on your life.