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What happens when I get my second (or third) DWI?

Facing drunk driving charges can leave you feeling vulnerable. From the moment you are arrested, it can feel like your life is out of your control.

If this is not your first DWI, you may already know that the consequences tend to get more severe. As you consider the path ahead, it is essential to understand how another DWI charge could impact you and your future.

Here’s what you should know about the consequences of subsequent DWI charges in Texas.

The fine factor

A DWI is expensive. Getting a second DWI is even more costly than the first. When you have a subsequent DWI, you could face penalties, such as:

  • Jail time of one month or more
  • Loss of driver’s license for up to two years
  • State fines of $3,000 or more
  • DWI fine of up to $4,000 for your second DWI and $10,000 for your third

These consequences can add up quickly and make moving forward after a DWI difficult.

Aggravating factors

In some cases, the circumstances of a DWI can make for increased penalties. You could face increased fines or jail time if there are factors, such as:

  • A child in the vehicle
  • BAC over 0.15 percent
  • Open container in the car
  • An accident resulting in serious injury or death

When you have an aggravated DWI, it could also mean it will take longer to get your license reinstated. You could also face increased penalties if you refuse to submit to a sobriety test.

Dealing with a DWI can take significant time and money. It is essential to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your arrest so you can build a strong defense.

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