Multiple DWI: Prior Convictions
Acclaimed DWI Defense Lawyer in Dallas
If you have been charged with DWI and have a prior DWI conviction on your criminal record, your legal situation is dangerous. It is critical that you retain a powerful Dallas DWI attorney to defend you at once. At the Knight Law Office, we have an established record of positive outcomes in DWI cases, and we are ready to go to work for you. With more than 20 years of experience in criminal defense, and having formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney, we have the trial experience and insight into the criminal justice system that could assist you to avoid the consequences of a conviction.
Penalties for Multiple DWI Convictions in Texas
DWIs, like most other crimes, yield more and more extreme penalties as they are repeated. Lawmakers establish these as a way of hoping to deter offenders from committing the same crimes. However, it is important to remember that under the constitution, every new case is treated individually and the outcome of these may not be swayed by previous offenses.
Under state law, the penalties imposed for DWI are radically increased for those who are considered to be habitual offenders:
- 2 nd DWI conviction: up to 1 year in jail, up to $4,000 in fines, and license suspension up to 2 years
- 3 rd conviction: up to 2 years in prison, fines up to $10,000, as well as a 2 year license suspension
- For any person convicted more than once for DWI, once fines are paid and time is served, it is required that an ignition interlock device be installed in any vehicle you drive, and you pay for the installation of this unit.
The hidden costs for a 2 nd, 3 rd or more DWI will be extensive, including greatly increased insurance rates, and it may be impossible to obtain coverage at all. You also will be required to pay an annual fee of $2,000 to retain your license. You have a decision to make. Are you ready to call upon a seasoned Dallas criminal defense lawyer to assist you to defend against the charges?
It may be that your case has serious flaws, and our early involvement could lead to a dismissal of charges, with no further legal repercussions. You owe it to yourself to find out before you make a decision about your plea.