What happens if I plead guilty to a DWI charge?

What Happens if I Plead Guilty to DWI Texas

Pleading guilty to a DWI charge in Texas results in a permanent criminal conviction. Additional consequences include loss of driving privileges, gun rights, travel restrictions, and immeasurable harm to future job opportunities and college and university admission.

  • Should I plead guilty to Misdemeanor DWI in Texas?First-time offenders should only plead guilty to DWI as an option of last resort. DWI charges in Texas, especially first-time offenses, can be beaten. Learn more.
  • Should I plead guilty to Felony DWI in Texas?Felony DWI cases are complex. Repeat offenders face a maximum of 10 years in prison for a third offense. This is an enormous increase from the 1 year penalty a DWI 2nd offense carries. Learn more.

What Happens if I Plead Guilty to a DUI in Texas?

Entering a plea of guilty to a DUI charge results in a permanent criminal conviction. Minors should never, under any circumstances, enter a plea of guilty to a DUI charge in Texas. The penalties for DUI are significantly different than those associated with a DWI charge. For this reason, there is simply nothing to lose in taking a DUI case, no matter the facts, to trial.

  • Can you go to jail for pleading guilty to DUI in Texas?No. DUI is a Class C Misdemeanor in Texas. Aside from the initial arrest and detention, there is no jail punishment associated with DUI in Texas. However, a minor under 21 years old could face jail time if charged as an adult, with DWI. Learn more.
  • Should I hire a lawyer for a DUI in Texas?Everyone charged with DUI in Texas should immediately hire an attorney. The State has enormous resources with which to seek a conviction. Considering the weight of the consequences, it is critical to do everything possible to avoid a DWI conviction. It starts with building a strong defense. Start here.

Can You Go To Jail For Pleading Guilty to DWI?

Every person charged with DWI in Texas is facing jail time. The maximum jail sentence for a first-time DWI offense is up to 1 year in a county jail. Repeat offenders at the felony level face up to 10 years in prison, but in certain circumstances, can face more time. Learn more.

  • Can a DWI in Texas be Expunged?A DWI charge can be expunged if it resulted in a dismissal that did not involve community supervision probation. If a DWI was dismissed after probation through Deferred Adjudication it may still qualify to be sealed through an Order of Nondisclosure. Learn more.


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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.


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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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