It can be understandably easy to brush off the knowledge that you’re facing drunk driving charges if you’ve never been accused of wrongdoing before – but the charges are serious.
While it is true that driving with just a little too much alcohol in one’s system is commonplace behavior, it is vitally important that you not treat this situation lightly. If you’re convicted of a first-time driving while impaired (DWI) offense in the Lone Star State, you’ll risk up to a $2,000 fine, the suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year and up to 180 days in jail (including a minimum of 3 days served).
If you’re convicted of a DWI offense and there was a child passenger in your vehicle at the time of your arrest, you’ll face up to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. This scenario is referred to as an aggravated DWI offense and a conviction could impact your liberty, your criminal record status, your employment, your finances and even your child custody rights.
Making informed choices about your defense
There are some risks that are just not worth taking. If you have had anything whatsoever to drink within the last several hours and you need to transport minors from here to there, call a rideshare service or otherwise find a way to where you’re going that doesn’t involve you sitting behind a steering wheel.
In the event that you’ve already been charged with an aggravated DWI due to the presence of a minor in the car at the time of your arrest, it’s time to seek legal guidance so that you can construct a strong defense.
For additional information and experienced representation, please contact Ramos & Del Cueto, PLLC via 210-761-6004 or through the contact form below.