Texas DWI Laws

Arrested for a DWI in Texas? Speak with a DWI lawyer today!


Texas DWI laws aren't to be messed with. DWI penalties in Texas include mandatory jail sentences and thousands of dollars in fines.When facing these charges, many people seek the help of DWI lawyers.

A DWI attorney can help guide you through the legal process following your arrest. A lawyer can answer questions about Texas DWI laws and give you information. Because DWIs can leave a lasting impact, you may want to make informed decisions about how to handle your charges.

To contact a Texas DWI attorney near you today, simply fill out the FREE case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

The penalties for DWI in Texas, even if this is your first DWI charge, are tough.

Texas DWI Penalties

First DWI conviction in Texas:

  • Mandatory jail sentence of at least 72 hours up to 180 days
  • Up to 12 month suspended license
  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • Annual fees of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep driver's license

Second DWI conviction in Texas within 10 years:

  • 30 days-1 year in jail
  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • 180 days-2 years suspended license
  • Annual fees of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep license
  • Installation of ignition interlock device, if 2 or more DWI convictions within 5 years

Third DWI conviction:

  • Prison sentence of 2-10 years
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Up to 2 years suspended license
  • Annual fees of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep license

Refusal to Take Breathalyzer Test:

  • Suspended license for 180 days

Talk to a Texas DWI Attorney About Your Options

A local DWI lawyer can answer any questions you might have about the laws in Texas or your specific DUI case. To speak with a DUI attorney near you today, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a local DUI lawyer in the state.

This list of Texas DWI penalties is not all-inclusive. DWI penalties may vary depending on a variety of factor, including your prior driving record.

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