You’ve been charged with a DWI, so now what? by Bo Kalabus

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Bo Kalabus
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If the criminal justice system in Collin County has a bread and butter type of case it would definitely be a DWI. This is an easy conclusion to draw when you consider that there are over 4,000 DWI misdemeanor cases currently pending in Collin County. The next closest misdemeanor case in volume is theft and that is a very distant 2,500 or so currently pending cases.

In short, if you have been charged with DWI in Collin County, you are certainly not alone. However, there is certainly no strength in numbers as the old saying goes and a DWI is no laughing matter. A DWI case carries strong criminal penalties and can impact your driver’s license status. In fact, a DWI is actually two cases in one. The first is a civil action brought by DPS that could impact your driver’s license through a suspension. The second is the criminal action brought by the State of Texas that could impact your freedom though jail time or reporting probation.

The first question folks usually have following a DWI arrest is what type of impact a DWI will have on their driver’s license. On a typical DWI 1st a person’s driver’s license could be suspended from 90 to 180 days depending on the facts the case. If the license is suspended that person may be eligible for a occupational driver’s license that allows them to drive for up to 12 hours a day during the suspension period.

The second question folks have is what type of criminal penalties are they looking at. Again, on a typical DWI 1st where a person’s blood alcohol concentration is below a .15, the penalty is a fine from $0 to $2,000 and from 72 hours to 180 days in jail (which may be probated). If a person’s blood alcohol concentration is above a .15, the penalty is enhanced to a fine from $0 to $4,000 and from 72 hours to 1 year in jail (again, which may be probated).

As you can see a DWI case has a great many moving parts. This is not the type of case you want to face without experienced DWI legal counsel.

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