Houston residents who have been charged with drunk driving offenses may
think that they face long jail terms. As a general rule, law enforcement
takes an aggressive stance regarding enforcement of drunk driving laws.
A drunk driving conviction can result in a variety of consequences, including
a fine, jail time, restrictions on the defendant's driver's license,
probation and mandatory drunk driving therapy. For third time offenders,
the penalties could include spending two to 10 years in prisons, up to
10 years of probation and a fine up to $10,000. For repeat offenders,
prison time is more likely for defendants who have been caught driving
while intoxicated soon after their prior convictions.
However, jail time is not always served by those convicted of drunk driving.
A recent article concerning felony DWI convictions in a Texas county explains
that the overwhelming majority of felony drunk driving convictions do
not result in jail time. Rather, the most likely outcome for the majority
of those facing DWI charges is actually probation, even for persons facing
their third or more DWI offense. In fact, evidence obtained from one county
shows that 52 percent of felony DWI charges receive probation where the
sentence is handed down by a judge instead of a jury.
The outcome of any given DWI case is not certain. Rather, a strong defense
is both capable of and critical to keeping someone accused of driving
drunk out of jail.
Source: WOAI.com, "Repeat drunk drivers most likely to get probation,"
Brian Collister, Aug. 2, 2012
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drunk driving and other criminal law violations in Texas.