The law views anyone who has been charged with more than three DWI as a
habitual offender. After you have committed your first DWI, the consequences
get more severe should you commit any further DWIs. In this blog, our
Fort Worth criminal defense attorney discusses the consequences for multiple
DWIs and habitual DWI offenders.
If you are convicted of a second DWI you could face anywhere between 30
days to one year in jail. A judge may also require you to pay fines of
up to $4,000. You could also face community service time of anywhere between
80 to 200 hours. A second DWI could be viewed as the beginning of a problem
forming so a judge may require an ignition interlock device be installed
in your vehicle. An individual who has been convicted of a DWI could also
have their license suspended for up to two years.
A third conviction for a DWI indicates a serious problem to a judge. You
could be fined up to $10,000 and face a jail sentence of anywhere between
2 to 10 years. Additionally, Texas law mandates that a judge orders you
to serve no less than 160 hours of community service. Your license may
be suspended for up to 2 years and once you are able to drive again you
will be required to use an ignition interlock device. In addition to these
penalties, a judge may require some type of rehabilitation program or
confinement in a substance abuse facility.
After Your Third DWI
The law does not provide specific information on the penalties after you
have accumulated three previous DWI convictions. Typically if you are
considered a habitual offender the penalties will be harsher. There have
been cases in Texas where people convicted of multiple felony DWI charges
were sentenced to life in prison or had their licenses revoked for life.
How Can a Forth Worth Criminal Defense Attorney Help?
If you were recently
arrested for a DWI and you have multiple DWIs on your record, you should contact a skilled
Fort Worth criminal defense attorney to represent you during your case.
As mentioned previously, habitual offenders tend to be dealt harsher punishments
by the courts but if we can prove you were taking steps to turn your life
around we may be able to win a less severe punishment.
Contact our firm today for a