While first and second driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are classified as misdemeanors, an Austin DWI third offense is classified as a third degree felony, which is punishable by prison time. If you find yourself facing a DWI third offense charge, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. With the right DWI defense attorney on your side, you may be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced.
You May Go to Prison
If convicted of an third DWI offense, you may be sentenced to two to ten years of prison time in addition to a fine of up to $10,000. Your driver’s license may also be suspended for 180 days to two years. And if you are convicted of DWI and of having an open container in your vehicle, causing an accident, or transporting a child passenger, you may be subject to enhanced penalties.
Because a third DWI offense is a felony, you could face additional consequences. Convicted felons may be prohibited from owning firearms or even voting. With a felony on your criminal record, you may be ineligible for employment in an educational or government setting.
Schedule a Free Initial DWI Case Consultation
After being charged with a third DWI, you should immediately speak with an attorney. Your DWI attorney can begin investigating your arrest to determine if there are any factors that may be favorable to your defense. If the officer did not follow proper procedures during the initial drunk-driving stop or arrest, your case could be dismissed. If your breath test was not administered properly or the breathalyzer was incorrectly maintained and/or calibrated, the results of this test may be questioned.
Our firm has the experience necessary to defend clients in Austin and Travis County against their serious DWI third offense charges. we is a member of both the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Our attorneys stay on top of the changes to Texas DWI statutes and adjusts our defense strategies accordingly.
Fighting a DWI offense—especially one that is a felony—is an investment in your future. Our law firm does not take this responsibility lightly. With our successful track record of winning drunk-driving cases or having them reduced to a lesser charge (such as reckless driving), we can help you during this difficult time.