Driving while intoxicated in Denton County
An arrest for DWI is not a piece of cake. It is a very complicated case where a person new to it can get stressed as well as frightened. A person should contact an attorney as soon as they can after the arrest so that all the ways for the prosecution to attack are closed. An immediate initial consultation will help progress to be made and the case facts to be evaluated without any damage being done. The lawyer will guide the accused throughout the trial and aggressively fight on their behalf. This might result in charges being minimized or even dismissed.
A.L.R. hearing within 15 days
When you are arrested for DWI, your driving license gets suspended automatically on the 40th day of the arrest. To prevent this from happening, you need to file for an A.L.R hearing within 15 days the Department of Public Safety. This hearing lets you challenge the suspension of your license. So hire an attorney who can not only fight your criminal case but also represent you in your administrative license revocation hearing.
Definition of driving while intoxicated under Denton County law
In Denton County a person is convicted of driving while intoxicated, if they are found to be operating a vehicle in a public area when they have lost the normal capability of their mental or physical abilities due to the influence of controlled substances, alcohol, drugs like marijuana, prescription medications, heroin, cocaine, or meth. They are also charged with DWI if the alcohol concentration in their body is more than 0.08 while they were driving.
Penalties for driving while intoxicated under Denton County law
First DWI in Denton County
First DWI in Denton County is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor. The punishment for such crime may be a fine of up to $2,000, a minimum of 3 days years to a maximum of 6 months in jail and suspension of driver’s license for up to 1 year.
Second DWI in Denton County
The Second DWI in Denton County is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. The punishment for such crime may be a fine of up to $4,000, a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 1 year in jail and suspension of driver’s license for up to 2 years.
Third or Subsequent DWI in Denton County
Third or Subsequent DWI in Denton County is a Third-Degree Felony. The punishment for such crime may be a fine of up to $10,000, a minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 10 years in prison and suspension of driver’s license for up to 2 years.
DWI with Minor in Vehicle in Denton County
To drive under the influence of intoxication with a minor in the vehicle who is under age 15 is a state jail felony as per Denton rules and regulations. The punishment for such crime may be a fine of up to $10,000, and a minimum of 180 days to a maximum of 2 years in jail.