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The Penalties for DUI Convictions in Texas

The terms “DUI” (driving under the influence) and “DWI” (driving while intoxicated) are often used interchangeably. However, there is a legal distinction between the two. A DUI typically refers to a minor operating a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, while DWI pertains to individuals of legal drinking age who are found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

The penalties for DUI, involving minors, include the following: 

  • For first-time offenders, penalties can include a fine of $500, community service up to 40 hours and a license suspension. 
  • Subsequent offenses can result in steeper fines and up to 180 days in jail.

Furthermore, the potential impact of DUI charges extends beyond legal penalties: 

  • The loss of a driver’s license can impede an individual's ability to commute to work, school, or carry out day-to-day activities. 
  • A DUI conviction can have adverse effects on employment opportunities, especially for roles that involve driving, professional licensing, or positions with strict background checks. 
  • The social stigma associated with a DUI conviction can harm a person's personal reputation and relationships.

All of these consequences underscore the gravity of DUI charges and emphasize the need for a robust defense when facing such allegations. Before pleading guilty, call the DUI lawyers in our Bryan office. 

The partners at James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask have over 90 years of combined experience. Call (979) 227-3305 today. Our phone lines are open 24/7.

Defending Against DUI Charges

When defending against DUI charges in Texas, it is essential to employ effective defense tactics to protect one's rights and achieve the best possible outcome. Leveraging constitutional protections, such as the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, may prove vital in challenging the legality of traffic stops and ensuring that law enforcement adhered to proper procedures.

Additionally, challenging the accuracy of field sobriety tests and breathalyzer results often forms an integral part of DUI defense strategies. Factors such as environmental conditions, physical health, and procedural errors can significantly impact the reliability of these tests, providing avenues for mounting an effective defense. 

Our legal counsel can scrutinize the administration and calibration of breathalyzer devices, as well as the conduct of field sobriety tests, to uncover potential inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

Your lawyer at James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask can further advocate for you by highlighting any mitigating circumstances, emphasizing compliance with legal protocols, and seeking alternative resolutions, such as diversion programs or substance abuse treatment, when appropriate. 

Our DUI Lawyers Serve Bryan, College Station, and All of Brazos County

James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask has been here since 1983. Three of our partners were once on the other side of the aisle, as prosecutors. They know the flaws in the system. They know the mistakes that might be made in the District Attorney’s office, and they know how to meticulously investigate a case. You can have confidence that our attorneys and dedicated legal staff will give you the vigorous legal defense you need. 

Call (979) 227-3305 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

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