Austin Ignition Interlock Device Defense Lawyers
There are two kinds of suspensions that can result from a DWI in Texas
Administrative License Revocation (ALR), from the Texas Department of Public Safety: this requires that your license is confiscated immediately if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or over, or if you refuse a test. The legal level is .02 for drivers under 21, and .04 for commercial drivers.
Judicial: if you are convicted in court of DWI.
These are separate procedures that need to be handled in order to regain your driving privileges.
The arresting officer will issue a temporary driving permit which will allow you to drive for a 15-day grace period. During that time you can challenge the administrative suspension if you wish. If you do not, or if the hearing is unsuccessful, you will undergo a 90-day suspension. A $125 fee is required to reinstate a license after an administrative suspension
Texas criminal laws require that first time offenders convicted of DWI face a jail term of 72 hours to 6 months, a fine of up to $2,000, and a license suspension of
90 days to 1 year. An ignition interlock device might be ordered by the court
Second or subsequent DWI offenders (with two or more convictions in 5 years), and offenders who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level greater than
0.15, must install ignition interlock devices on all of the motor vehicles they own for 1 year following a period of license suspension. A second offense carries fines up to $4,000, a jail sentence of 30 days to 1 year
A third or subsequent DWI offense is considered a third degree felony, resulting in fines up to $10,000, a prison term of 2 to 10 years, 160 to 600 hours of community service, and license suspension of 6 months to 2 years
When you regain your driving privileges you will have to pay an annual fee of up to $2,000 to retain your license.
If you have an ignition interlock issue or need a DWI lawyer call Hernandez and English LLP today.