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Texas DWI Penalties

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment
First Offense DWI (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Fines:  Maximum of $2,000
  • Jail:  Minimum of 72 hours and a maximum of 6 months
  • Open Container of Alcohol:  If an open container is involved with the arrest then you will serve a minimum of 6 days in jail.
  • Community Service:  A minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 10
community service
A community supervision or probation is often granted for persons who commit a first DWI offense.  This can range from 1-2 years.  Outside of this, there are community supervisions that or typical.
  • Drug/Alcohol Evaluation:  Required submission for evaluation in order to prevent future DWI or disclose any potential issues with drug or alcohol abuse.  In the case that an issue is detected, additional terms are added through the Community Supervision Department.
  • DWI Education Class:  Must be attended and completed within 180 days of the conviction.  Completing this will help individuals of a legal drinking age  avoid the 1 year drivers license suspension.
  • Victim Impact Panel Attendance:  Attend the forum and learn from victims of drunk drivers about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
  • Maintain Employment & Clean record:  Basically hold down a steady job while committing no other crimes while remaining at the same employment & residence.  This can be changed only with notification to ones community supervision officer.
  • Pay Supervisory Fee:  This is done on a monthly basis by performing hours of community or volunteer service.
Facing a DWI charge on your own can be complicated.  It is advised that you consult with an experienced Austin DWI lawyer when facing charges.  To read more about DWI penalties beyond a first offense visit this article by DWI.com