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How a DWI conviction can impact your family

Texas has seen a substantial drop in the total number of recent DWI arrests. Over the last 12 years, the DWI arrest rate has declined by 40.6%. That decline may not be as high as other states, but it is a step in the right direction. 

More people have become aware of the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence. There are jail times and heavy fines to consider, but there is also the psychological impact that comes with letting loved ones down. The ramifications of a DWI conviction extend well beyond what the judge hands down. Before you think about getting behind the wheel after a night out, consider the potential full effects of such actions.

Loss of driver's license

For a first-time offense, the state of Texas will suspend your license for up to 90 days. For a second offense, the suspension could last anywhere between six months and two years. This can be detrimental to not only your well-being, but also your family's. The temporary loss of one driver's license in the family can put a strain on busy schedules and complicate previously simple tasks of getting to work, school or other routine places on time.

Loss of expenses

The impact on your family finances can be steep after a DWI conviction. For a first-time DWI conviction, Texas courts may order you to pay up to $2,000. On top of these fines, you may also face administrative fees, an uptick in auto insurance premiums and a steep annual fee for three years to renew and retain your driver's license. These costs can be both unexpected and unwelcome to your household budget.

Other consequences

Beyond the threat of losing your driver's license and paying substantial costs after a conviction, there are also other consequences Texas drivers could face. You may face up to 180 days in jail, a probationary term, alcohol education classes and more, depending on the specifics of the charges you face.

All of these penalties can take a toll on your home life. Aside from the financial costs, your family's trust in you may waiver after suffering such sudden consequences stemming from one decision. After an arrest, know your rights to fight the charges against you and potentially minimize the penalties of a conviction.

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