In Denton, those who are charged with a DWI for the very first time commit Class “B” misdemeanors. As such, if you’re convicted, you could spend as much as 180 days inside of a county jail and/or pay a fine of as much as $2000.
Having said that, it is imperative to know that this charge is just the tip of the iceberg. DWI law can be incredibly nuanced. It doesn’t take long for things to get complicated. Therefore, you need to have an understanding of your case’s details.
Your situation can get a lot bigger than you expected it to – as can the fees, jail time, and penalties you face – if any of these scenarios are involved:
- DWI .15 or higher – if a breath or blood test is submitted, and your results reveal that you had a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of at least .15, your charges could escalate from Class “B” to Class “A.” As a result, your fines could be bumped up to as much as $4000, and the time you spend in a county jail can be as long as 12 months. As per the law in Texas, if you’re convicted of a DWI under this category, you might need to pass an Ignition Interlock Device test first. This is a breathalyzer installed inside of your automobile. It prevents vehicles from being started if a driver isn’t sober.
- DWI with passengers 15 years of age or younger – if you are pulled over and are deemed intoxicated, and you have a child in the vehicle (whether it’s your kid or not), your initial DWI offense will escalate to a full-blown felony. You might spend between 6 and 24 months in jail, and pay as much as $10,000 in fines.
- Intoxication assault – in the event that somebody else gets seriously injured in an accident, and you are the intoxicated driver, you could be charged with a third-degree felony. You could pay as much as $10,000 in fines and spend between two and ten years inside a jail cell.
- Intoxication manslaughter – in the event that an individual dies because of the actions of a driver under the influence, the driver will pay as much as $10,000 in fines and/or spend between 2 and 20 years inside a state prison.
Facing a DWI charge in Denton County or the surrounding area? Give the law office of Randy Brooks a call today to schedule a free consultation.