How a DWI Can Affect Your Record in Texas

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The After Effects of Getting a DWI

The decision to drive while under the influence can impact your life and others around you in many different ways. After taking such a risk, the effects can last for years, lingering on your record and in your personal life.

In this blog, Angleton DWI attorneys at BTR Law explain some of the most common ways a DWI can impact your life in Texas.

What Is a DWI in Texas?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) means you don’t have the normal use of your mental or physical capabilities because you consumed one or more of the following:

  • Drinks that contained alcohol.

  • Anything that contained a controlled substance.

  • A prescription drug or dangerous drugs.

  • Have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

It's considered breaking the law not only if you're driving while intoxicated but also if you're operating a boat or flying a plane.

The penalties attached to getting a DWI can cost you a pretty penny and jail time.

What are the Penalties for a DWI in Texas?

An arrest for getting a DWI can result in you having to pay several fines. Once you’ve been arrested, hiring a DWI attorney right away can help you with knowing the effects of your offense and the fines attached to it.

Here’s what can happen on the first offense:

  • You will need to pay up to $2,000 in fines.

  • Spend up to 180 days in jail.

  • Lose your driver’s license for up to a year.

Here’s what can happen on the second offense:

  • You will pay up to $4,000 in fines.

  • You could spend up to a year in jail.

  • Lose your driver’s license for up to two years.

Here’s what can happen if you exceed two offenses, on the third offense:

  • You could pay up to $10,000 in fines.

  • Spend two to ten years in jail.

  • Lose your driver’s license for up to two years.

It’s vital to hire an experienced attorney who knows the law in Texas and call them any time you have been arrested and charged with a DWI.

Not only can getting a DWI cost you money, but it can also make things harder for you in your career.

How Can a DWI Impact My Career?

Getting a DWI can affect any job you apply for afterward, no matter what industry it’s in. Most jobs ask about previous arrests and convictions that you would have to disclose if you’re applying.

Most employers in Texas run background checks on potential employees, and unfortunately, some employers choose to pass on applicants with previous convictions. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re not qualified for the job.

If you have a professional license in a certain industry, it could be revoked after a DWI conviction.

Loss of a professional license for a DWI can include:

  • Real Estate licenses

  • Pilot licenses

  • Medical licenses

  • CPA licenses

  • Nursing Licenses

  • Teaching Licenses

The effects can go beyond money and career changes. A DWI conviction can cause a shift in your family dynamics as well, especially if you’re arranging a custody case or already have one in place.

How Can a DWI Impact My Custody Case?

A conviction or arrest for DWI can cause your custody order to be revised. Depending on the circumstances, the court can make changes to your custody agreement based on whatever works in your children’s best interest.

A family law attorney can negotiate the terms of the custody agreement on your behalf.

How Can an Attorney Fight DWI Charges?

Having a DWI attorney on your side can help diminish the consequences after being charged for driving under the influence. Charges can be different for everyone, and our experienced defense attorneys can defend your rights based on your individual circumstances.

If you or someone you know is facing jail time due to a DWI, our attorneys are ready to take your call. Contact us at (979) 316-7133 to discuss the next steps in your case today.

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