There are many penalties that you can face if you are convicted in Texas for driving while intoxicated. While prison time is a frightening possibility, the loss of your driving privileges is almost a given and may have a lasting effect on your life. Not being allowed to drive could cost you your job and leave you reliant on others for your basic transportation needs. A knowledgeable attorney can help you regain your driving privileges and guide you through the license reinstatement process once you are eligible.
How Long Might You Lose Your License?
The driver’s license suspension that you receive after a DWI conviction is a criminal penalty that is separate from the administrative license suspension that many people receive after being arrested on suspicion of DWI. In Texas:
- A first-time DWI conviction includes a driver’s license suspension of 90 days to one year.
- A second or third DWI conviction includes a driver’s license suspension of 180 days to two years.
- A conviction for DWI with a child passenger in your vehicle can result in a suspension of as long as 180 days.
Following a DWI conviction, the time that your driver’s license was already suspended under the administrative penalty can be credited towards your criminal suspension....