How does a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction impact your license in Texas? A conviction can cause you to lose your license and driving privileges. Even a first-time conviction can cost you your license for a year.
Fortunately, a Dallas DWI lawyer from our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you face these charges. We have thirty years of experience and understand the importance of protecting your driving privileges.
Find out how we can help by calling or completing our online contact form.
What Happens to Your License After a DWI Conviction?
A DWI conviction can cause you to lose your license for a significant stretch of time in Texas. The specific amount of time will depend on several factors, including how many previous DWI convictions you have on your record.
Generally, you may lose your license for up to a year for a first-time misdemeanor conviction and up to two years for a second or third conviction.
Will You Lose Your License for an Under-21 DWI Conviction?
Drivers under the age of 21 cannot legally operate a vehicle with any alcohol in their system in Texas. Younger drivers can lose their driving privileges even if their blood alcohol content (BAC) stays before the legal limit of 0.08%.
However, drivers under 21 usually lose their driving privileges for a short period of time if they face an arrest with a BAC under the legal limit. These drivers may face a 60-day driver’s license suspension for a first offense.
Younger drivers with a BAC over the legal limit can face the same license restrictions as older drivers.
Can You Lose Your License Before a DWI Conviction?
You may lose your license if the court convicts you of a DWI in Texas. However, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) can suspend your license after an arrest without waiting for the court to make a decision on your case.
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program in Texas allows the DPS to automatically suspend your license after an arrest if you refuse a blood alcohol content (BAC) test or test over the legal limit for BAC.
Fortunately, a DWI lawyer may assist you with this automatic suspension. You have 15 days from your request to request an ALR hearing, which may allow your lawyer to help you avoid the suspension. Note that this hearing exists apart from your criminal charges.
What Else Does a DWI Conviction Impact in Texas?
A DWI conviction can impact your ability to legally operate a motor vehicle. These convictions can have other consequences. Individuals convicted of a DWI may:
- Face thousands of dollars in vines
- End up incarcerated
- Lose professional licenses or security clearances
- Lose their right to own or buy firearms
- Face challenges securing work or housing
Our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg takes DWI charges seriously. We provide 24/7 assistance after an arrest so that you can turn to us immediately for assistance building your legal defense and protecting your future.
How Can a Lawyer Protect Your License After a DWI Arrest?
Our team can take immediate action to assist you after a DWI arrest. We focus on preventing the loss of your license and other penalties by representing you in and out of court. Depending on your circumstances, we may take steps to:
- Have your charges reduced
- Get your charges dismissed
- Fight for you in court
We can protect your rights and offer advice during legal questioning about your accident. We also investigate the facts surrounding your arrest, looking at all angles as we build a personalized defense for your case.
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Why Pick Us to Handle Your DWI Case in Texas?
We have three decades of experience handling DWI cases. Our team understands the legal system in Texas, and we stand ready to help you handle any challenges you face after a DWI accusation.
We may focus on disputing the results of your BAC test, for example, especially if police officers failed to follow proper procedures when administering the test. We maintain open communication throughout the process, so you can call us anytime for advice.
Additionally, we have a reputation for resolving DWI cases successfully for clients like you. You can go over our DWI case results to learn more.
Speak to Us About a DWI Conviction and Your Driver’s License
How does a DWI conviction impact your license in Texas? You can end up losing your license for years after a conviction. Fortunately, our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can provide you with professional support today.
Call or complete our online contact form to begin the legal process.