If you were arrested this Memorial Day weekend for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, let’s talk about the possible impact of a DWI arrest and conviction, especially in the wake of Memorial Day weekend—a time when we reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women.
At Austin Hagee Law Firm, we know this may be a weekend where you grieved or celebrated life, both instances can result in some unintended consequences.
It’s important to be mindful of the legal rights and resources available to veterans and other citizens who may face Memorial Day DWI charges.
At the Austin Hagee Law Firm, we are committed to assisting veterans and their families in navigating the complexities of our criminal justice system.
DWI cases in Texas are taken extremely seriously, and the penalties can be severe. Memorial Day weekend is a poignant reminder of the importance of responsible and safe behavior, particularly on the roads.
We strive to uphold the values and honor the sacrifices made by our military community throughout our legal representation.
Possible Consequences of a DWI in Texas
In Texas, a DWI conviction can result in fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension, and other penalties, which can significantly impact the lives of veterans and their loved ones.
Understanding these potential consequences is especially relevant as we reflect on the recent Memorial Day weekend.
Here in San Antonio, our military members make up such a large part of our community, and it is important for us to protect their rights if arrested.
What is the Blood Alcohol Legal Limit in Texas?
The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Texas is 0.08%. However, it’s crucial to remember that even if your BAC is below this limit, you can still be arrested and charged with a DWI if the police officer believes you are impaired by loss of mental or physical faculties.
Charges with a DWI has a Military Service Member
The importance of seeking guidance from an experienced attorney who understands the unique challenges faced by veterans is immeasurable.
Austin Hagee served our community as a prosecutor for years and has first-hand knowledge of what Bexar County can offer our veterans and military members.
If you are currently facing a DWI charge in Texas and are in the military or a veteran, we are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.
Our firm recognizes the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, and we are dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring the best possible outcome for your case.
There are a lot of veteran and active duty military options in Bexar and surrounding counties that we can walk you through.
What Are the Punishments for DWI?
The potential punishments for DWI offenses depend on the number of prior convictions. Here’s an overview of the possible penalties for first, second, and third DWI offenses:
- First DWI Offense: If convicted of a first-time DWI offense in Texas, you may face fines of up to $2,000, a minimum of 3 and to up to 180 days in jail, a driver’s license suspension of up to one year, and an annual surcharge of $1,000 or more for three years to retain your driving privileges. Completion of a DWI education program may also be required, along with potential probation and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock.
- Second DWI Offense: A second DWI offense carries more severe penalties. The fines can increase up to $4,000, and the potential jail time can extend to one year. Your driver’s license can be suspended for up to two years, and the annual surcharge may increase. Required car ignition interlock installation, DWI education programs, probation, and community service are also common requirements.
- Third DWI Offense: A third DWI offense is considered a felony in Texas, resulting in even harsher consequences. The fines can escalate up to $10,000, and the potential jail time can range from two to ten years. Your driver’s license may be revoked for up to two years, and the annual surcharge will continue to apply. Additional penalties include mandatory IID installation, DWI education programs, probation, community service, and the potential for long-term supervision and treatment programs. There are repeat or habitual offender enhancements as well.
It’s essential to note that DWI penalties can vary based on specific circumstances, such as elevated blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels or the presence of a minor in the vehicle.
If you’re facing a DWI charge, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide guidance with navigating the military legal system effectively, as there will be a few immediate deadlines that you don’t want to miss.
Get in Contact with an Experienced DWI Lawyer Today
Contact the Austin Hagee Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and let us help you navigate the legal system and move forward with your life.
If you are in the military, contact us, we can help!
In addition to our comprehensive DWI defense services, at Austin Hagee Law Firm, we offer tailored legal assistance for veterans and a military discount for those serving or who have served.
This includes guidance on navigating the legal system, determining veteran court admissibility, and addressing any other legal needs you may have. As we reflect on Memorial Day weekend, we stand ready to serve you, providing the experienced legal representation you deserve.