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Texas DWI attorneyIn the state of Texas, even a first DUI/DWI can result in heavy penalties, including the loss of a license, jail time, fines, and an annual fee to retain your license once it can be reinstated. What happens, though, when a first mistake turns into a second or third? What are the consequences for those who are caught driving intoxicated years later, or beyond a third time? The following outlines the laws in Texas for subsequent DWI convictions.

Second and Third DUI Convictions

Texas has an indefinite “lookback” period, meaning your DUIs and DWIs are never truly forgotten by the justice system. Every conviction counts against you, regardless of how much time has lapsed. So, even if your last conviction was 20 years ago, and you were recently arrested for an allegedly driving intoxicated, you are looking at charges for a second DWI.

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San Antonio DUI defense lawyerThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that every 53 minutes, someone is involved in a fatal car accident due to the actions or reactions of a driver operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. This startling number equates to the death of 28 people per day with an annual cost of over $44 billion. As the CDC remains hopeful that the implication of effective measures and awareness campaigns may help prevent injuries and fatalities from alcohol or drug impaired driving, what can be done to curtail the habitual offender?

Montgomery County Judge Kathleen Hamilton may have just set a fundamental precedent. For a Houston man arrested for the ninth time for driving under the influence and responsible for a non-fatal accident, Judge Hamilton handed down a life sentence. This DWI conviction will probably evoke an appeal, but is it time for all states to become more legally vigilant on habitual offenders?

Currently Texas enforces the following punitive measures for adult offenders:

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