How Much Jail Time for a DWI Arrest?

At the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we work diligently to help those in Austin who have been charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence of controlled substances. We believe that everyone deserves a fair shake from the law, which is why we offer robust DWI defense strategies aimed at reducing jail time, fines, and other penalties.

Let's take a moment to run down the amount of jail time for different kinds of DWI charges.

Jail Time for First Offense DWI

For a first offense drunk driving/driving while intoxicated arrest, a person will wind up in jail for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 180 days.

In addition to jail time, first offenders will face fines up to $2,000 and license suspension for 90 days to 1 year.

Jail Time for Second Offense DWI

For a second offense drunk driving/driving while intoxicated arrest, a person will wind up in jail for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 1 year.

In addition to jail time, second offenders will face fines up to $4,000 and license suspension for 180 days to 2 years. An ignition interlock device will also be installed in the person's vehicle.

Jail Time for Third Offense DWI

For a third offense drunk driving/driving while intoxicated arrest, a person will wind up in Texas state prison for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 10 years. The nature of the arrest and the previous DWI offenses will determine just how long a person will remain in prison.

In addition to prison time, third offenders will face fines up to $10,000 and license suspension for 180 days to 2 years. An ignition interlock device will also be installed in the person's vehicle.

Jail Time for DWI When a Child Is the Passenger

If you are arrested for a DWI and have a child who is younger than 15 years old in your vehicle, steep fines and penalties will be applied to your charge.

For first offenses, you will spend up to 2 years in jail. First offenders in these situations will also face a fine of up to $10,000 and license suspension for 180 days.

A Note on Penalties for Minors Facing DUI Charges

Minors are not charged with driving while intoxicated but rather driving under the influence (DUI). Minors who are charged with a first offense DUI may spend between 3 days to 180 days in jail; for second offense DUI, minors may face up to 1 year in jail.

How Our Drunk Driving Law Firm Can Help

The legal team here at the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler will carefully assess the nature of your case and help fashion a sound defense strategy going forward. This can help you get charges dropped or have penalties reduced.

Learn About Your Legal Options After a DUI/DWI Arrest

For more information about your legal rights following a DUI/DWI charge, it's important that you contact our drunk driving criminal defense law firm today. The legal team at the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler look forward to your visit and helping you in your time of legal need.

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