When an individual is pulled over and given a field sobriety or chemical test to determine their sobriety, they are often overwhelmed with feelings of panic and fear. DWI (commonly referred to as “DUI”) is a serious crime that carries the stigma of being one of the most aggressively punished offenses in the Texas Judicial System. For individuals facing these charges, acquiring the legal representation of a knowledgeable defense attorney in San Antonio is of extreme importance.
Laws Regarding a First DWI in Texas
Anytime an individual is found to be in actual physical control of a vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, he or she can be charged with DWI. Tex. Pen. Code Ann. Section 49.01 defines intoxicated as being unable to control your mental or physical faculties in a normal way, due to the consumption of drugs, alcohol, or any combination of the two or having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
Penalties for a First DWI Conviction in San Antonio
A first time offender of this crime will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, and if not given probation, be ordered to serve at least 72 hours in jail. If the offender had an open container of alcohol in his or her immediate possession, the minimum jail sentenced will be increased to six days. A first-time conviction also carries DPS surcharges of $1,000 to $2,000 to maintain a driver’s license.
The charges for first time drunk driving can be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor if a chemical test showed the defendant’s BAC was 0.15 or higher. This could result in between 30 days to a year in jail, the loss of driving privileges for up to two years, and/or a fine of up to $4,000. A first-time conviction with a BAC of 0.15 or higher also carries driver’s license surcharges of $1,000 to $2,000.
First DWI Arrest Lawyer in San Antonio TX
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated for the first time, it is understandable for you to be extremely concerned with your future. The best way to ease those concerns is to hire a qualified Texas DUI lawyer who can fight for you.
Dave Parent of The Parent Law Firm intently represents clients in Bexar and Kendall County, San Antonio, Boerne, Comfort, Bandera, and the surrounding areas. Call 210-819-4111 to schedule a consultation about your charges. Your initial consultation is always free, and it’s the first step in the defense planning process.