A first DWI offense is a Class B misdemeanor. If you do not provide a breath test or blood sample and are convicted of a charge, the end result will be up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Depending on the circumstances of the stop, arrest and field/sobriety/breath tests, it may be possible to get a reduction to a reckless driving offense, obstruction of a passageway, a speeding ticket or another reduced offense.
It is important to realize that there is no criminal consequence for refusing to provide a breath sample. The next step up from a Class B misdemeanor is a Class A misdemeanor. A second DWI conviction is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 fine. There is a mandatory minimum of three days in jail and up to two years probation. Similarly, if you are charged driving with a blood alcohol content of .15 or above, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor that can be punishable by up to a year in jail, two years of probation and requirement of an ignition interlock device.
Considering the costs and repercussions of a DWI conviction, it is almost always an ideal choice to retain the skill of a lawyer.
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Having worked on more than 2,000 DWI cases in and around Travis County, there is no DWI case for which our team is not prepared. We strongly encourage you to get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation if you've been charged. We will bring the approach that has helped thousands of clients reach ideal resolutions to your case.