What Happens When I Get my First DWI

FIRST DWI DEFENSE

Getting arrested for a DWI can be scary. You’re thinking, “Will I lose my license? My job? Am I going to jail? How much will this cost me?” You may not know how the legal process works, or what you’re up against.

What Happens When I Get my First DWI?

The first DWI is considered a Class B misdemeanor if the BAC is above .08 but below .15 and can result in:

  • JAIL TIME OF UP TO 180 DAYS (UP TO TWO YEARS IF THERE WAS A PASSENGER UNDER 15 IN YOUR CAR -DWI /CHILD PASSENGER IS A FELONY)
  • FINE OF UP TO $2,000 (UP TO $10,000 —- IF THERE WAS A PASSENGER UNDER 15) DWI SURCHARGE OF UP TO $1,500 PER YEAR & POSSIBLE LICENSE SUSPENSION

There are actually two proceedings you have to face if you’re charged with a DWI. The first is the administrative license hearing (ALR), which determines whether or not your driver’s license will be suspended, and for how long it will be suspended. The second is the actual criminal proceedings that determine whether or not you will have to pay a fine, do community service, and/or go to jail.

How an Austin DWI Attorney Can Help

It’s possible to have the charges dismissed or reduced or get a not guilty verdict. The prosecuting attorney will need to prove that the police officer had a reason to stop you and prove that you were driving while intoxicated. An experienced Austin DWI attorney can get your charges reduced or dismissed or get you a not guilty verdict. Whether you failed the Breathalyzer or the results were questionable, Attorney Payal Jethva can investigate every aspect of your case including the Police’s basis for stop as well as the results of your Breathalyzer or Blood Test. Attorney Jethva has years of experience dealing with courts, police officers, and DWI defense cases. Her track record of dismissals, charge reductions, and not guilty verdicts speaks for itself – she’s kept her clients out of jail and on the road so they can continue to provide for themselves and their families. If you’ve been arrested for your first DWI, call (281) 743-0016 today. Don’t wait; you’ll need to request your ALR hearing and start building your defense as soon as possible.