DWI 2nd Defense
If you’ve just been arrested for a DWI 2nd in Travis County, you probably have a thousand questions racing through your mind. What can I do now? What is the process? Will I go back to jail?
You need experienced Austin DW attorneys who understand the Travis County court system inside and out. We zealously represent your rights throughout this process and answer all the questions you have along the way.
Our team has a combined 30+ years of experience helping people charged with DWI in Austin. We will tell you what to expect and how to improve the chances of getting the best result. Having experienced attorneys can make the difference between getting your case dismissed or being convicted.
What are the penalties for a Second DWI?
A second DWI is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, unless there are other factors that could elevate it to a higher-level offense.
Jail Time: Conviction can result in a jail sentence ranging from 30 days to one year.
Fines: You can be fined up to $4,000.
Driver's License Suspension: Your driver's license can be suspended for up to two years for a second DWI conviction.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID): You might be required to install an IID on your vehicle. This device requires you to blow into it to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) before the car will start.
Probation: You may be placed on probation for a period, during which you'll have to meet certain conditions like attending DWI education programs, community service, regular check-ins with a probation officer, and possibly alcohol or drug testing.
Community Service: A mandatory community service sentence is also common for a second DWI conviction.
Other Penalties: Depending on the circumstances of the DWI and the discretion of the court, you might face additional penalties or requirements, such as attending alcohol education classes or undergoing substance abuse evaluation and treatment.
Contact The Law Office of Charlie Roadman to handle your Texas DWI Case
Contacting a lawyer if you're facing Second DWI charges in Texas is crucial for several reasons:
Complexity of the Law: DWI laws can be intricate, with numerous nuances. Our lawyers understand these complexities and can navigate the legal system more effectively.
Protection of Your Rights: Our attorneys ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the process. They can identify if there were any procedural errors during your arrest or if your rights were violated in any way.
Building a Strong Defense: Every DWI case has its unique aspects. Our lawyers can evaluate the evidence, challenge the results of breath or blood tests, question the legality of the traffic stop, or bring up other defenses that you might not be aware of.
Potential Reduction of Penalties: Even if a complete acquittal isn't possible, our attorneys can negotiate a plea deal to reduce charges or penalties. This could mean the difference between jail time and probation or between a long-term license suspension and a shorter one.
Knowledge of Local Courts: Our attorneys are familiar with the judges, prosecutors, and procedures in your jurisdiction. This inside knowledge can be invaluable in crafting a defense strategy.
Emotional Support: Beyond the legal assistance, facing criminal charges is stressful. Having a professional by your side can provide a level of emotional and psychological relief.
Future Implications: A Second DWI conviction can have lasting impacts on your life, from employment opportunities to housing applications. Our attorneys can help mitigate some of these long-term consequences.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Immediately. An attorney should be working on your case right away. We want to talk to witnesses as soon as possible and protect any evidence that will help the case. Hiring an attorney is also a good way to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with being arrested.
CAN A dwi 2nd CHARGE BE DISMISSED?
Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest and what you are willing to do while the case is pending. We have negotiated hundreds of dismissals in Travis County using our knowledge and experience of what works in Austin. In order to help us get the best result, we will create a customized Action Plan for you.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WAS ARRESTED FOR dwi. WILL THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AUTOMATICALLY?
No. They must qualify for a personal bond. And even if they do qualify, it can take 24 hours or more to be released. We can speed up the process significantly. And trust us, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible. HERE IS MORE INFO ON JAIL RELEASES.