"SanIt is well-known that DWI arrests tend to increase around any major holiday. When people are in a festive mood and out celebrating, they tend to drink more. Halloween is one of the more casual holidays, and for many, one of the most fun. Most adults only have a reason to dress up in a costume once each year and strive to make the most of their Halloween festivities. Unfortunately, nothing brings an abrupt end to a celebration like a DWI arrest. While you would be far from alone, the consequences of a DWI can be harsh. Texas is not known for light sentencing. Even as a first and only offense, a DWI can leave a mark on your record that closes doors.

If you are one of the hundreds who will be arrested for drunk driving this Halloween, it is important to take the matter very seriously and make finding a good criminal defense attorney a top priority. A DWI conviction could follow you for a lifetime like a haunting you cannot get rid of. 

Alarming Statistics About Drunk Driving Accidents on Halloween

Drunk driving can have serious penalties in Texas. Not only could you face jail time, but you are very likely to lose your driver’s license for some time. You may also face difficult collateral consequences, such as difficulty finding a job after a potential employer runs a background check. If you are accused of a DWI, it is important to fight back with help from an attorney. 

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San Antonio DWI defense attorneyWhile the justice system may be set up for some forgiveness for a first mistake, if you are facing your second driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Texas, you are definitely at risk for some serious consequences. The penalties are harsher, the sentencing less forgiving, and you are staring down the possibility of a felony charge if you are arrested a third time.

Unfortunately, a repeat DWI charge suggests to the court and prosecutors that you failed to learn your lesson the first time. With this in mind, it is essential that you work with an aggressive, experienced Texas DWI defense attorney who can provide the representation you need.

Second Texas DWI Punishments

A second DWI is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, with increased penalties from a first DWI. The punishments that you are facing with a second DWI conviction include:

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Texas first offense DWI lawyerIf you have been pulled over by the police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may rightfully be nervous. You will be asked to perform a series of tests to determine whether you are impaired. While the tests do not have perfect accuracy, they can determine intoxication most of the time. It is important to know the penalties that you may face following a first-time DWI and hire a trusted attorney who can help fight for a reduced sentence or dropped charges.

Failing or Refusing a Chemical Test

The first penalty that you may face is an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). If a post-arrest chemical test to determine your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) shows a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, you will have your driver’s license suspended for 90 days. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test to determine your BAC, you are facing a 180-day driver’s license suspension. Losing your license through an ALR is separate from any additional criminal penalties that you may face.

Additional Criminal Penalties for a First-Time DUI in Texas

If you are charged with a first-time DWI offense, you are facing a Class B misdemeanor. Under Texas law, the penalties could be as high as 180 days in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. However, judges will often grant first-time offenders community service or probation following a guilty plea or verdict, which will allow them to resume their daily activities. Community service requirements include:

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San Antonio DUI defense lawyer Driving while intoxicated by alcohol is a criminal offense in all fifty states, but states vary in terms of criminal penalties. In Texas, a first-time DWI offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000, loss of driving privileges, and jail time. Texas is unique in that, unlike many other states, there is a minimum jail sentence for DWI even if the offender has never been arrested for drunk driving in the past. Penalties for second and third drunk driving convictions are punished more severely and penalties may include months or years in prison.  

If you were charged with drunk driving in Texas, contact a criminal defense lawyer for help. Your attorney can evaluate your situation and determine which defense strategies are most likely to yield favorable results in your case.  

Possible Defenses to Drunk Driving Charges in Texas

Each case is different and there is no foolproof way to defend against DWI charges. Some of the possible defense strategies a DWI defense attorney may have at their disposal include:

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san antonio dwi defense lawyerWhen a police officer makes personal contact during a drunk driving investigation, they will ask you questions like: Where are you coming from? What were you doing there? Where are you headed? This line of questioning is often used by police if they suspect that you were driving while intoxicated

Over time, many police notice patterns with bars where patrons like to get drunk, their hours of operation, and an area nearby where you might violate a traffic law. Many wonder whether this type of strategic planning is considered “entrapment.” 

Armchair experts who have watched a few police procedurals and legal dramas might say that this type of behavior is entrapment, but realistically, this is just targeted enforcement. Police identify an area rife with illegal activity and respond to it accordingly. So, what is entrapment then?

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