DWI

Denton County DWI Defense Lawyer

What Are the Penalties for DWI in Texas?

There are a number of important factors that must be involved in order for a DWI arrest to be lawful. Your charges could be dropped, or your case dismissed, if it can be proven that the evidence against you is faulty or invalid. For example, law enforcement officers are not supposed to make DWI stops unless they witness evidence of intoxication, or someone has called in to report the suspected drunk driver. In order to actually arrest someone on charges of DWI, the individual must fail any of several forms of field sobriety tests and / or a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. In most other cases, you may be able to fight your DWI based on police misconduct.

First DWI

  • Misdemeanor
  • Fine – Up to $2,000
  • Jail – 3 - 180 days
  • License Suspension – Up to 2 years
  • Completion of a DWI program
  • Possible Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Second DWI

  • Misdemeanor
  • Fine – Up to $4,000
  • Jail – 1 month - 1 year
  • License Suspension – Up to 2 years
  • Completion of a DWI program
  • Possible Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Third DWI

  • Felony DWI
  • Fine – Up to $10,000
  • Prison – 2 - 10 years
  • License Suspension – Up to 2 years
  • Completion of a DWI program
  • Possible Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

DWI with a Child Passenger

  • Fine – Up to $10,000
  • Jail – Up to 2 years
  • License Suspension – 180 days

Have you been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI)? Haugen Law Firm, P.C. has handled countless DWI cases and is more than capable of providing excellent criminal defense. To learn more, contact us today! 

Defense Strategies for DWI Charges in Texas

If you were wrongfully stopped or arrested for DWI, Haugen Law Firm, P.C. can fight in defense of your rights. The firm can thoroughly investigate your case and may even uncover police misconduct in the administration of your sobriety test or BAC test. Officers must properly administer field sobriety tests in order for the results to be a valid indicator of intoxication. Likewise, the officer must properly calibrate a breathalyzer machine before each use. You could have a case for defense due to errors in any of these areas.

Haugen Law Firm, P.C. has practiced in courts throughout Denton County, including Lewisville and the city of Denton. The firm's experienced lawyers are more than capable of providing the aggressive defense that you need in order to avoid a DWI conviction, which can result in high fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Repeat offenses could result in a felony conviction and lifetime revocation of your license. Retain a Denton County criminal defense attorney from the firm for the defense you need.

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