One of the most commonly asked questions attorneys receive regarding driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges is “why should I fight my DWI case?” When faced with breath or blood test evidence, field sobriety test results, and officer testimonies, many people simply believe that a conviction is inevitable and that they have no choice but to accept the consequences.
The answer is simple: if you do not fight your charges, there is a 100% chance that you will be convicted. By choosing to plead guilty or no-contest, you are essentially surrendering to the court and acting as your own judge, thereby accepting any punishments without resistance. But what exactly happens if you are convicted of DWI in Texas?
Penalties for DWI in Texas
Texas has some of the harshest penalties for DWI in the country even for first offenders, with repeat offenders facing particularly extreme consequences upon conviction. While the exact penalties you face will vary greatly depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, potential consequences include:
- Jail time
- A lengthy driver’s license suspension
- A permanent criminal record
- Ignition interlock device (IID) use
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Increased car insurance rates
- Years of probation
- Mandatory alcohol abuse treatment
While it may seem “easier” to plead guilty and move on, you must remember that these consequences are not just immediate, but can negatively affect your life for years to come. Being convicted of a crime can wreak havoc on your present and future employment options, especially if your occupation or prospective occupation involves driving. If your DWI charge is a felony, this can be even more devastating and cause you to lose certain liberties such as the right to vote, own a firearm, or hold certain state-issued licenses.
Guard Your Constitutional Rights – Call Peveto Law
The consequences of DWI are far too heavy to accept without a fight. Fortunately, with the assistance of a powerful Plano DWI attorney from Peveto Law, you can greatly minimize your chances of conviction and ensure your best interests are guarded during this time. Backed by a proven history of case victories and 5-star client testimonials, you can choose us with confidence knowing your case is sure to be in excellent hands.
Call (972) 808-5117 or contact us online today to review your options.