Multiple DWI Convictions
What are the consequences of multiple DWI convictions in Texas?
Texas has some of the harshest DWI laws in the United States. While many states do not seek information about out-of-state convictions and have a specific period where a second DWI conviction can be used against a driver, Texas is not so lenient.
Texas drivers who are convicted of DWI in any state will have that DWI used against them. Additionally, regardless of how many years ago you were convicted of a DWI, it can be used to enhance the penalties you receive if you are convicted a second or subsequent time. While it is always a good idea to consult with a DWI attorney if you are facing charges, it is imperative to do so if you are facing the possibility of a second conviction.
DWI: Not Only Alcohol
It is important to remember a DWI conviction does not only apply to motor vehicle operation nor does it apply only to impairment related to alcohol. Operators of amusement park rides, boats and aircraft are subject to DWI laws in Texas as well. In addition, you can face a DWI charge if you are impaired by drugs whether they are legally prescribed drugs or illegal drugs.
Penalties Increase with Convictions
A first-time DWI conviction can result in penalties being imposed including loss of your license and fines. In many cases, jail time will be waived and instead, drivers will be placed on probation. However, after a first conviction, second and third convictions result in harsher penalties.
Those who are convicted for a second time on a DWI charge must have an ignition interlocking device installed in their vehicles. The cost of these units can be significant and will be your responsibility. Additionally, you must pay a surcharge of up to $2,000 per year for the three years following a conviction towards your license. These penalties are applied after your license is returned to you after a conviction. In many cases, a second conviction can result in your driving privileges being revoked for up to two years.
Because Texas has no limit on how long a drunk driving charge will be held against you, any time you are facing a DWI charge, it is important to find an experienced and aggressive Texas DWI attorney. There is too much at stake for you to attempt to defend yourself.