New Braunfels DWI Penalties

The consequences for a DWI charge in New Braunfels are severe. First-time DWI offenders face up to 1 year in the Comal county jail, a $6,000.00 fine, court costs, a driver license suspension, and a permanent criminal conviction. Aggravating factors increase fine amounts and periods of incarceration. DWI offenders with multiple convictions face up to 10 years in prison.

  • Can a DWI first be dismissed or reduced in New Braunfels?Yes. DWI charges are dismissed and reduced every day in Comal county courts for a variety of reasons. Challenging evidence is the most effective way to dismiss a  DWI charge in New Braunfels. DWI arrests are warrantless arrests, therefore everything must be challenged. If evidence is suppressed, the Comal County District Attorney’s Office cannot use it to prosecute. Learn more.
  • Is jail mandatory for a DWI first in New Braunfels?No. However, some factors, like an open container, for example, can lead the Comal County District Attorney’s Office to enhance the charge. This can result in mandatory jail time. Learn more. 
  • What is the cost of a DWI in New Braunfels?In the short term, thousands of dollars. However, the cost of a permanent criminal conviction is steep and impossible to calculate. That’s why it is critical to avoid a final conviction. Learn more. 
  • Is  DWI a felony in New Braunfels?In New Braunfels, a first-time DWI charge is a Class B Misdemeanor, unless enhanced. Only  DWI 3rd (or more) and DWI with Child Passenger are classified as felony offenses. Learn more. 

DWI First Offense Consequences in New Braunfels

All first-time DWI charges in New Braunfels are Class B misdemeanors, though they can be enhanced by certain factors. DWI first-time offenders face jail time, permanent criminal convictions, thousands of dollars in fines, and driver license suspensions. Here is the full breakdown: 

  • DWI with a BAC below .15 is a Class B Misdemeanor. The maximum fine is $3,000.00, and the maximum jail sentence is 6 months. A conviction for this offense is permanent, and results in a driver license suspension. Learn more.
  • DWI with a BAC of .15 or higher is a Class A Misdemeanor. The maximum fine is $6,000.00, and the maximum jail sentence is 12 months. A conviction for this offense is permanent, and results in a driver license suspension. Learn more.
  • DWI with an Open Container is a Class A or B misdemeanor, depending on the BAC, falling into the same punishment ranges as set forth above. However, a person convicted of this offense faces a minimum of 6 days in jail because of the Open Container enhancement. Learn more.
  • DWI with a Child Passenger is a State Jail Felony. The maximum fine is $10,000.00, and the maximum period of confinement is 24 months in a State Jail Facility. A conviction for this offense is permanent, and results in a driver license suspension as well other serious, collateral consequences associated with being a convicted felon. Learn more.

DWI 2nd Offense Consequences in New Braunfels

A second DWI offense (DWI-Repeat Offender) is a Class A Misdemeanor. The maximum fine is $6,000.00, and the maximum jail sentence is 12 months. A conviction for this offense is permanent, requires a 3-day jail sentence (even if probation is granted), and results in a driver license suspension. Learn more.

There is no limit to how old a prior conviction may be to be used for enhancement purposes. Out of state convictions may be used as the basis for enhancement.

An ignition interlock device is a requirement of bond for all DWI 2nd charges. This means that as a condition of release from jail, a person must agree to install a deep lung device in all accessible vehicles. 

DWI 3rd Offense Consequences in New Braunfels

After two DWI convictions, a third DWI offense (habitual DWI) is a Third Degree Felony. The maximum fine is $10,000.00, and the maximum prison sentence is 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) penitentiary. A conviction for this offense is permanent, requires a 10-day jail sentence, even if probation is granted, and results in a driver license suspension, as well as other serious, collateral consequences that come with being a convicted felon.

An ignition interlock device is a requirement of bond for all DWI 3rd (or more) charges. This means that as a condition of release from jail, a person must agree to install a deep lung device in all vehicles accessible to them.  

  • Do DWI convictions over 10 years old count?Yes. All prior convictions, no matter how old, may be used as the basis for enhancement.
  • Do DWI convictions from another state count for felony DWI in New Braunfels?Yes. Out of state convictions may be used as the basis for enhancement. 

Additional New Braunfels DWI Consequences

In 2021, HB1927 made it legal for Texans 21 or over to carry a gun in a holster without a permit, both openly and concealed. DWI charges can negatively impact this and other 2nd Amendment rights. Learn more. 

  • Can New Braunfels DWI affect your right to travel?DWI charges in New Braunfels can inhibit travel outside of Comal County. DWI can also negatively impact a person’s ability to travel abroad. For example, Canada does not allow entry for any person convicted of DWI. Learn more.
  • Does DWI suspend your driver’s license?Yes. Every person charged with DWI and DUI in New Braunfels is subject to a driver license suspension. The driving suspension component hits especially hard for commercial drivers, as they are unable to obtain a temporary license for commercial purposes. Learn more about Occupational Licenses.

New Braunfels DUI Consequences

Drivers under 21 years of age with any detectable alcohol in their system may be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). At the discretion of the Comal County District Attorney’s Office, a minor may be charged as an adult with DWI.

DUI is for minors only. Whereas both minors and adults can be charged with DWI. Learn more.

DUI is a Class C Misdemeanor in New Braunfels. The maximum fine is $500.00. A conviction for this offense is permanent, results in a driver license suspension, and often includes court-ordered driving safety courses, alcohol, and drug awareness courses, as well as community service. Learn more. 

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    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15

    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.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    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.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15+

    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.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    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.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    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.

    CHARGES DISMISSED

    DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

    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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