If you have ever been convicted of DWI in any state, or by the federal government, and you are arrested for a new DWI case in Texas, you will be charged with a DWI 2nd. It does not matter how much time has passed since that first conviction. Texas law allows any prior conviction to be used to enhance a DWI charge.
This kind of DWI is a Class A misdemeanor. If you are convicted you face up to one year in the county jail and up to a $4000.00 fine. The court can give you probation, but you will still have to go to jail for a minimum of 3 continuous days as a condition of probation and you will have the other normal conditions of probation in a DWI case.
There are many reasons to fight a DWI charge. I want to give you one reason many people do not consider. If you are convicted for your 2nd DWI and you are ever arrested for another DWI in Texas, you will be charged with a felony. The time to short circuit that process is now, before the conviction. If you have a question about a DWI case or consequences, I would be glad to talk with you.
Tim Rountree fights DWI cases throughout central and south Texas.