Charged with Your Second DWI?
One of the main differences between a first and a second DWI conviction
is the installation of an ignition interlock device. If a person commits
a DWI within five years of their first offense, then the court will require
that they have this device installed at their own cost. The amount of
time this device will need to remain in the vehicle depends on the court.
Any individual who does not have this device installed or drives a vehicle
other than the one equipped with this breath device can be held in contempt
of court. The more prior
DWI convictions you have on your record, the more serious the consequences
will be if you are convicted of a subsequent drunk driving crime.
The punishments for a second DWI include the following:
- Up to a year in jail
- Up to $4000 in fines
- Community service
- 2 year license suspension
- Class A misdemeanor charge
Second Offenses & Your License
A second drunk driving conviction within five years of your first offense
will make it more difficult to have your driving privileges reinstated.
You can still request an ALR hearing to contest your license suspension,
but it may prove more difficult to contest the evidence with prior offenses
of this nature on your record. In order to get your license reinstated
or to serve as a punishment for a conviction, a driver who has been convicted
of their second DWI may be required to attend an Alcohol Education Program
as part of their probation. Provided that you have met all of the other
necessary requirements for reinstatement, you will still have to pay a
fee, provide proof of insurance, and provide proof of completion of a
"Repeat Offender DWI Education Program" to the Department of
Public Safety before your suspension period ends.
Hard-Hitting DWI Defense in Plano, Texas
If you have been charged with your second DWI, contact an experienced and
aggressive attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at The Zendeh
Del Law Firm, PLLC has proven skill in handling all types of DWI charges.
We can zealously defend your rights throughout your case.
Facing multiple DWI convictions in Texas is very serious. That is why The
Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to providing you with excellent
and peerless representation and in the area of drunk driving convictions.
Criminal defense is can be a complex area of law, and it is important that your attorney
is experienced and knowledgeable in the area. You can’t afford to
leave your future in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer. The legal team
at The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC can help you. Our firm has successfully
defended numerous individuals charged with drunk driving throughout Texas.
Our attorneys are seasoned, proven, and dedicated to you!