DWI 3rd Offense
Like other areas of criminal law, Driving While Intoxicated Offenses are enhanced with subsequent arrests. An enhancement is a means by which the State of Texas can raise the classification level of punishment. A first time DWI is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor. A 2nd DWI is a Class A Misdemeanor. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having two prior DWI convictions and are now facing a DWI 3rd, you are now charged with a Third Degree Felony.
The stakes are higher. The possible punishment and consequences may be more severe. You are in need of a DWI Lawyer with the experience, knowledge and training in defending individuals charged with DWI Third Offense.
Mr. Madrid is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law, he is trained in Field Sobriety Testing and a proud member of the National College for DUI Defense. A felony can result in prison time. With an experienced and tested DWI Lawyer prison time can be avoided and your case can possibly be dismissed.
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DWI 3rd Offense Penalties
A DWI 3rd is classified as a Third Degree Felony. The range of punishment for a DWI Third Offense is from 2 years to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Even if you are given probation, which can be for up to 10 years, you will have to spend 10 days in jail as a condition of probation and you will be required to have an ignition interlock during the probation period. Many judges will not allow you to drive during the period of probation. You could be required to participate in in house rehabilitation, meaning you will be in jail during this period of probation. It is common to be in jail rehabilitation programs that last a year long.
Additionally you will face a driver’s license suspension of up to 2 years. The Texas Department of Public Safety will require surcharges in the amount of $4,500 to $6,000 to be paid over a 3 year period.
An experienced DWI Attorney can defend your rights and help to avoid a possible conviction and jail time.
DWI 3rd Lawyer
If you are faced with a DWI 3rd Offense you need someone in your corner with the experience and know how to defend your rights. You are facing possible prison time and an assortment of additional consequences. Call Houston DWI Lawyer Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400. Mr. Madrid will work to attain the best possible result for you.