Texas DUI vs. DWI
Texas DUI vs. DWI – What’s the difference?
The first thing that a person must understand after having been arrested for DUI or DWI is that there are two separate cases pending against them. The first case is the DUI or DWI criminal case and the second is the DUI or DWI civil case.
Texas DUI vs. DWI – Driving Under the Influence Civil Case:
Texas has long been known as a “zero tolerance” state, meaning that minors (anyone under 21 years of age) are not permitted to consume any alcohol and drive a vehicle.
Texas DUI vs. DWI – Driving Under the Influence Criminal Case:
Driving Under the Influence is a Class “C” misdemeanor punishable by no time in jail and a maximum fine of $500.00 for a first time offender. Repeat offenders would be subject to higher fines and the possibility of jail time. Probation, alcohol assessments and classes, as well as, community service are also required by most prosecutors.
Texas DUI vs. DWI – Driving While Intoxicated:
Driving While Intoxicated is a common criminal offense which can happen to anyone. The penalties for DWI are dependent upon the severity of the offense, as well as an individual’s history. DWI convictions can be used to enhance an offense, meaning that an old conviction will be considered in punishment of a second conviction. The same is true for any license suspension which may occur after an arrest.
Texas DUI vs. DWI – Driving While Intoxicated Civil Case:
A person who is arrested for a DWI can face significant automatic license suspensions. If a person who submits to a breath or blood test has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08, an automatic license suspension for a minimum of 90 days and up to 1 year will occur. If a person has a previous alcohol related contact, like a DWI, within ten years and they provide a specimen, their license will be suspended for a term of not less than one (1) year.
JAIL RELEASE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE 24/7
DWI Attorney And DUI Attorney
Law Office of Gabriella C. Young, P.L.L.C.
818 West Tenth Street
Austin, Texas 78701
(512)499-0890 Office (512)354-7503 Fax