Protecting Your Driving Privileges After A DWI Conviction
Drinking and driving is never an advisable decision. If such a mistake results in a traffic stop, you could be in line for significant penalties. Beyond costly fines and the possibility of jail time, your driver’s license could also be in jeopardy, placing your livelihood at risk.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help. At Marc Chavez Law Firm, I routinely assist Austin individuals as they face driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. If you are up against such a charge, understanding what may happen to your license after a conviction can be important.
A First Offense Can Still Be Serious
An initial DWI conviction can feature serious consequences. Should you fail a blood or breath test, your driver’s license could be suspended for 90 days. Refusing to take such a test could result in a doubling of your suspension. Other escalators that could factor into your penalties include:
- The presence of minor children in your vehicle
- Whether you had an open container in your vehicle at the time of your traffic stop
- Any accidents or injuries that resulted due to your impaired driving ability
Because the stakes are considerable for even a first offense, it is crucial that you turn to the services of a criminal defense lawyer who understands Texas law. At my firm, I will explore all possible legal pathways to minimize the impact of the charges against you.
Multiple Offenders Can Expect Harsher Punishments
A second or third DWI offense will often net an offender significant punishment. Your license could be suspended for a full year and you could be subject to four-figure annual surcharges in order to operate a vehicle in Texas.
Challenging a suspension is possible, however, and an effective defense attorney can assist you in this process. You are able to file an appeal within 15 days of your license suspension, after which you may be granted an administrative hearing wherein you may challenge the charges against you. I feature considerable experience in this area of the law, and I can help you design a thorough and comprehensive defense.