What are the penalties for a first-time DWI offense in Texas?

A first-time DWI conviction in Texas may result in a fine of up to $2,000, a jail sentence ranging from 3 days to 180 days, driver's license suspension for up to 2 years, and a mandatory attendance at a DWI education or intervention program. The offender may also be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. In cases where the DWI is classified as a Class A misdemeanor (such as when the driver's BAC is 0.15% or higher), the penalties can increase to a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail sentence of up to 365 days.

What is the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in Texas?

In Texas, the legal BAC limit is 0.08% for drivers aged 21 and older. Drivers under the age of 21 are not permitted to have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.

What is the difference between probation and deferred adjudication in Texas?

Both probation and deferred adjudication are alternative sentencing options that may be available to certain defendants in Texas. Probation involves a conviction, but the defendant is allowed to serve their sentence outside of jail or prison, under supervision and with specific conditions. Deferred adjudication, on the other hand, is a form of plea agreement in which the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, but the judge delays the finding of guilt and places the defendant on community supervision. If the defendant successfully completes the terms of their supervision, the case is dismissed, and there is no formal conviction on their record.

Can I refuse a breath or blood test during a DWI stop in Texas?

Texas operates under the "implied consent" law, which means that by obtaining a driver's license, you agree to submit to chemical testing if a law enforcement officer suspects you of driving while intoxicated. Refusing a breath or blood test can result in an automatic driver's license suspension for 180 days for a first-time refusal, and up to 2 years for subsequent refusals.

What are the consequences of a DWI conviction for a driver under the age of 21 in Texas?

Drivers under the age of 21 found to have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can face penalties under Texas' zero-tolerance policy. Consequences can include a fine of up to $500, a 60-day driver's license suspension, 20 to 40 hours of community service, and mandatory attendance at an alcohol awareness course. Penalties may increase for higher BAC levels or for repeat offenses.

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