First time DWI am I going to jail if I plead guilty?Recently on our DUI forum a user asked, Two days ago it was my birthday and I went out with some of my friends. I had a few beers and a few shots. I thought I was fine to drive, but I was stopped and arrested for DWI with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.09%. I am wondering if I should just plead guilty to my first time DWI, and if I do, will I be sent to jail? I live in the State of Texas. What is a DWI? Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in every state. The per se legal limit is 0.08%, but drivers can also be arrested and charged with DUI or DWI (in Texas) if their blood alcohol concentration is lower, assuming the state has sufficient evidence to prove they were not able to safely operate their vehicle. Given that thousands of drivers and passenger die each year in DUI related accidents, law makers and other lobbying groups have pushed for strong DUI laws and penalties over the last thirty years. While this may or may not mean that you will go to jail with after your first DUI conviction, even if you dont, it could mean that you would receive other high fines and penalties that can be very serious. With that in mind, lets take a look at common DUI penalties you might receive after a first time DWI in Texas.
First time DWI penalties in TexasIf you are charged with a first time DWI in Texas you can receive the following fines and penalties:
- Fines up to $2,000
- Spend between three and 180 days in jail
- License suspension for up to two years
- Charged an annual surcharge for as much as $2,000 to keep your license for three years
- Potentially be forced to install an ignition interlock device on your car
- Potentially be required to attend a DWI intervention or education program