A DWI conviction in Texas is a very serious matter. First offenses are a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail with up to $2,000 in fines. Your license will be suspended for up to 2 years and you may be forced to attend educational programs and/or be forced to install ignition locking hardware into your automobile at your expense. 3rd offenses and greater are treated as felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, with accompanying fines and license suspension as well. DWI convictions will stay on your record permanently as there is no way under Texas law to have those convictions expunged from your record – ever. With so much on the line there is no other option but to retain an experienced DWI attorney to represent you immediately. There are many nuances and subtleties that are involved when facing a DWI charge, and without a lawyer protecting you your conviction is almost a certainty.
Under Texas law your first DWI is a Class B Misdemeanor with mandatory jail time. If convicted, you will be jailed for at least 72 hours and up to 6 months. These incarceration periods increase for repeat offenses, culminating in up to 10 years in state prison for 3rd offenses. In one particularly extreme case, a Houston area man has been given a life sentence for repeated drunk driving offenses.
Depending on how many prior DWI offenses exist on a defendant’s record, a DWI conviction can carry fines of up to $10,000 dollars with additional fines imposed in order to keep your license as part of the Driver Responsibility Program. These fines can be absolutely crippling and failure to pay them is not an option.
A Texas DWI Conviction Will Follow You Forever
Not only are DWI convictions impossible to expunge from your record, they will also follow you from state to state. Texas is a member of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, which is a group of 45 states which share information about DWI convictions and driver’s license actions with other member states. If you are convicted of a DWI offense, or if action is taken on your driver’s license by any member of the Compact, the state in which you were convicted will share that information with your home state.
John L. Corn Knows How to Defend DWI Cases
A DWI conviction will automatically cause your driver’s license to be suspended along with hefty fines and jail time. Even worse, a DWI is one of the most difficult criminal cases to defend, because it is typically based on an officer’s direct observation, bolstered in many cases by so-called “objective” chemical testing. John L. Corn has handled thousands of criminal cases in the Dallas area. He has an excellent track record of vigorously and skillfully representing his clients in DWI cases and knows the many ins and outs of the court system. A DWI conviction is extremely serious and you don’t stand a fighting chance without a skilled DWI attorney protecting you. Call the Law Office of John L. Corn today to discuss how best to begin fighting your Dallas DWI charge.
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The Law Office of John Lawrence Corn P.C
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Dallas, Texas 75204