Thursday, March 21, 2013

Driving While Intoxicated Can Cost More Than Just the Initial Fines

Driving while intoxicated is never a good idea but there is more to it than just getting slapped with a fine that you can pay and move on with your life. In fact, being charged with driving while intoxicated can lead to many fees and inconveniences you may not have considered. Although we don't always make the best decisions while intoxicated, there are a few aspects you should learn about first so that you can make better decisions when drinking.

First of all, the law states that you can be facing a minimum of three days in jail and up to 180 days and that is just for your first offense. The initial fines and penalties you are looking at is up to $2,000 on the first offense as long as there is not a child in the car under the age of 15. You may have your license revoked from 90 days to two years and while you may be able to obtain an occupational driver's license (one you can use only for school, work or predesignated special reasons that are approved by the court), you still have to file a formal petition for the license. There is an annual Texas surcharge that will be imposed if you are convicted of DWI  in addition to your suspension, fines and court costs and that ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 per year for three years on a first offense.
You have to also consider things such as community service you may have to perform and if deemed necessary, attendance at AA meetings or even help with alcoholism at a treatment center.

It is important to make the right decisions when drinking but if you do find that you need to fight a DWI charge then we can help. You should speak with someone immediately in order to defend your rights properly. A driving while intoxicated charge can affect your entire life so don't make another wrong decision by not talking to someone who can help.