Possible DWI Penalties
Across the country, police officers and other law officials are cracking down on DWI, or cases of driving while intoxicated. Not only are more arrests being made, but in many states, the penalties for DWIs are growing more serious. While a DWI can have serious consequences for those involved, there are also cases in which a person is falsely accused of this crime and faces extreme penalties as a result. Defense attorney Jason Trumpler offers DWI defense for those who are facing charges of driving while intoxicated. Hiring a DWI attorney ensures that defendants receive fair and just representation against these criminal charges. With the severe Austin DWI penalties, an experienced defense attorney such as Mr. Trumpler is highly recommended to those facing DWI charges and can be extremely beneficial in reducing or eliminating penalties.
When a person is arrested on suspicion of DWI, most are aware that they face serious consequences. However, the exact penalties for DWI charges are rarely discussed publicly, so most are unaware of exactly what type of penalties they face. Based on each individual case and details such as whether or not it is a first time offense and whether or not an accident occurred, DWI penalties will vary. Below are some penalties that may be faced by a person arrested for DWI:
- Monetary fine (not to exceed $2,000 on a first time offense, up to $4,000 on a second offense, and not to exceed $10,000 on a third offense, or if another individual is injured as a result of the DWI)
- Jail time (ranging from 72 hours to 10 years, depending on whether it is a repeat offense and if an accident/injury occurred)
- Community service
While these are the most common forms of DWI penalties and are usually the extent of penalties for a first time offender, there are other penalties that may be handed out to repeat offenders or to those cases with special circumstances (such as an accident, injury, or death). Below are additional penalties that may apply in some cases of DWI:
- Drivers’ license suspension
- Installation of a deep lung air device (breathalyzer) in vehicle
- Alcohol treatment
- Ordered non-consumption of alcohol (monitored by periodic urinalysis throughout a probationary period)
- Financial restitution for any damages caused by DWI
It is clear that the penalties of DWI are serious and can have a great effect on a person’s life. Because of this, it is extremely important that a person does not face DWI charges without an attorney who is skilled in such cases. Mr. Trumpler has defended a great number of DWI defendants. He understands the DWI testing process and also understands the probability for error in chemical testing, especially when administered by an improperly trained official. If you have questions about DWI charges or are ready to begin an aggressive defense, Mr. Trumpler’s services can be invaluable.
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If you have been charged with a DWI, it is important to understand exactly what types of penalties you are facing. Schedule an appointment with defense attorney Jason Trumpler as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case and to learn how we can build a strong DWI defense. We look forward to hearing from you.