DWI Lawyer in El Paso
Although DWI’s are common across Texas, they are serious charges and can result in a lifetime of punishment.
Typically, a first time offense for a DWI is a Class B misdemeanor. However, there are situations where aggravating factors increase the possible range of punishment such as if a person has multiple DWI’s or if their BAC is .15 or above. The legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08% for individuals 21 and older and .04% for individuals driving commercial vehicles. There is zero tolerance for drivers under 21, which means any amount of alcohol in a minors system subjects the minor to prosecution for a DWI.
What Are the Penalties for a DWI?
- The range of punishment for a 1st DWI is a Class B Misdemeanor – Punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or both a fine and confinement.
This is assuming your BAC is below a.15. If your BAC is a.15 or above, the range of punishment is a Class A Misdemeanor.
- The range of punishment for a 2nd DWI is a Class A Misdemeanor – Punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or both a fine and confinement.
A person may face a felony charge under the following offenses:
- A third DWI
- DWI with a child passenger (Under the age of 15)
- A DWI accident resulting in serious injuries
- Intoxicated Manslaughter
Contact Us Today
A DWI charge often comes with steep consequences. If you have been charged with a DWI and seek legal help, we are ready to help you. Our office will aggressively represent you. Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.