DWI Charges


In Texas, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense. Simply being arrested and charged with DWI results in the immediate restriction of certain rights and liberties. Navigating the DWI process of court, bond conditions, driver’s license restriction and suspension can be daunting. It is critical to retain experienced counsel immediately when facing DWI in Texas.

First-time offenders with no criminal record face up to 1 year in jail for an intoxication arrest with no injuries or property damage. The penalties become drastic and life-changing when injuries or children are involved in a DWI incident. 


Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Texas is a Class C Misdemeanor, applicable only to minors under 21 years of age. While the terms DUI and DWI are used interchangeably they are very different offenses.

In Texas, minors under 21 years of age can be charged with DUI or DWI. Adults, 21 years of age and older, can only be charged with DWI.

Both DWI and DUI charges can have long-lasting, negative implications on school admissions, career advancement, licensing eligibility, the right to possess firearms, travel, and drive. 



What happens if I plead guilty to a DWI charge?

Pleading guilty to a DWI charge in Texas results in a permanent criminal conviction. Additional consequences include l...

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Can you go to jail for a DWI in Texas?

Everyone charged with DWI in Texas, even first-time offenders, faces a minimum of 6 months in jail. Texas DWI Penaltie...

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Is it worth fighting a DWI charge?

Driver’s convicted of DWI charges can face years of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and fees, the loss of d...

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How to beat a DWI in Texas

To beat a DWI charge in Texas, you must assert and protect your constitutional rights. You must utilize due process to...

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How much does a DWI attorney cost?

The cost for DWI representation in Texas varies widely. While most attorneys bill at an hourly rate, DWI lawyers often wor...

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How much is bail for a DWI in Texas?

How much is bail for DWI in Texas? Bail for first-time DWI charges in Texas rarely exceeds $5,000.00. This is the first...

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Will DWI show up on a background check in Texas?

Yes -- DWI charges show up on a background check forever in Texas. If the DWI was dismissed without probation, it is e...

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Is a DWI in Texas a misdemeanor or felony?

DWI and DWI 2nd are misdemeanor offenses in Texas. Among other things, each can carry up to one year in jail and up to a $...

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How much does a DWI in Texas cost?

The DWI Cost in Texas Being charged with DWI is expensive. Being convicted can be financially devastating. It’s impos...

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What is the difference between DUI and DWI?

 DUI is a Class C Misdemeanor in Texas that only applies to minors under 21. Minors are prohibited from operating...

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Driving facts involved failing to maintain a single lane and speeding. Client refused breath test and forced law enforcement to obtain search warrant for blood. Blood test result was not used after challenge from Defense, and State waived and abandoned charge.



Client was a college student, worried about the collateral consequences of an alcohol offense. After negotiation and review of the traffic stop, the case was dismissed. Client received no criminal conviction. The charge was later expunged and deleted from client’s record.



Client was involved in minor accident. Client was at fault in accident. A young executive, client was concerned that a criminal conviction for DWI would result in termination. After review of the traffic stop, it was clear the officer lacked probable cause for arrest. State eventually dismissed DWI charge. Client received no criminal conviction.


DWI 2nd

Client, a military veteran, was facing up to one year in jail. State could not prove intoxication by alcohol, and was prepared to proceed on loss of use by marijuana. After challenging the State to prove that marijuana was ingested at or near time of driving, and that marijuana impaired client’s driving, the State dismissed the case on the day of trial.



Driving facts involved a false claim by police that taillight was out. After challenging the reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop, the State was forced to dismiss the case when video did not match police report. Client has since expunged arrest, and has no criminal record.



Client is a public school teacher and faced immediate termination upon conviction. The facts of the case were bad. State was unwilling to budge in negotiation, and matter was set for trial – the last shot at avoiding a conviction and preserving client’s livelihood. State was forced to dismiss on day of trial. Client has no criminal record, and has since expunged the DWI arrest.

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