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Houston DUI & DWI Lawyer

When Texas law enforcement knocks on your door, your legal journey is just beginning. I am leading Texas defense attorney Alejandro Macias. From the very start, I stand up for you and put a stop to abusive policing.

DUI & DWI Attorney in Houston

Drunk driving is the most commonly charged serious traffic violation in the State of Texas, and may be filed as either a felony or misdemeanor, based on many factors, including a defendant’s previous criminal record, whether or not a motor vehicle collision or serious injury occurred, and the level and manner of a defendant’s alleged intoxication.

Despite the fact that we have reached the point where increasing the penalties and reducing the threshold for arrest and conviction is not resulting in significant improvement in traffic safety, increased enforcement continues to ensnare many motorists who have never been in trouble with the law, and simply chose to consume alcoholic beverages while out with friends and family members.

Drunk driving convictions are the leading generator of municipal court revenue statewide. More than 90,000 motorists are charged with drunk driving each year in Texas. Most states charge drunk driving as either Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI). But Texas has both: The DWI law applies to adults with a BAC over .08 while DUI applies to minors under the age of 21 who are found to have any amount of alcohol in their system.

Additionally, Texas has a lifetime lookback law, which means a drunk driving conviction will remain on your permanent driving record.

  • Texas DWI: Section 49.04 in the Texas Penal Code defines driving while intoxicated as a vehicle in operation in public by a driver whose mental and/or physical faculties are impaired by alcohol or drugs. A BAC of .08 or above establishes intoxication. Additional testing can be conducted if drugs are suspected.
  • Texas DUI: Can be charged even when a motorist’s BAC is below .08 if the driver is under the legal drinking age of 21. Any amount of an impairing agent can result in charges.

Texas Drunk Driving Penalties:

DWI First Offense
Up to $2,000 in fines.
3-180 days in jail.
Loss of driver’s license for 1 year.
Additional state fine of $3,000.
DWI Second Offense
Up to $4,000 fine.
30 days-1 year in jail.
Loss of driver’s license for 2 years.
Additional state fine of $4,500.
DWI Third Offense
$10,00 fine
2-10 years in prison.
Up to two years license suspension.
Additional state fine of $6,000.
Child endangerment - Child passenger
Additional fine of up to $10,000.
Additional jail time up to 2 years.
180-day driver’s license suspension.
Texas DUI law motorists under 21
First-Offense DUI
Class C misdemeanor with fine of up to $500 and 60-day driver’s license suspension.
Up to 40 hours of community service.
Alcohol abuse education.
Second and Third DUI
Penalties may be enhanced similar to a DWI conviction.
Drunk Driving Enhancements
DWI with Open Container
Minimum 6 days in jail
BAC over .15
Enhances penalties with a maximum fine of up to 1 year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

Houston Drunk Driving Defense

The state is faced with so many cases, courts count on most defendants quickly pleading guilty. Experienced DWI lawyers in Houston know that is a mistake. The lifetime lookback law in Texas will leave a drunk driving conviction on your record forever, and can significantly increase the penalties of future charges. Additionally, a drunk driving conviction can result in job loss, an inability to work in certain jobs or professions, adversely impact divorce, child custody or family law proceedings, and will cost at least $10,000 on average, including drastically increased auto insurance premiums for years to come.

In many cases, simply hiring an experienced DWI attorney in Houston can force the state to dismiss or reduce the charges against you. An experienced drunk driving defense lawyer will also challenge each element of your case, including probable cause for your traffic stop, results of field sobriety, breathalyzer or blood or urine tests, the training and conduct of officers involved, the maintenance and calibration of the testing machine, and many other aspects of your case.

Since 2019, the law also permits first-time DWI offenders to apply for deferred adjudication. Successfully completing this process can allow defendants to avoid jail time and a final conviction. Once community supervision is successfully completed, the DWI charge can be dismissed by the court. In other cases, your drunk driving defense lawyer can argue with the state for a reduction that will keep a drunk-driving conviction off your criminal record and eliminate the hassle and expense of arguing your case in court.

Alex Macias is an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer who represents clients in state and federal court in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, Knogwood, Katy, League City, Stafford, Friendswood, Richmond, Cypress, Clear Lake, Humble and Fulshear.

The Law Offices of Alejandro Macias, PC offers free and confidential consultations. Call 281-742-9508. ¡Se Habla Español!

Frequently Asked Questions

A DWI conviction can stay on your record permanently in Texas, affecting your employment opportunities, housing options, and more. Working with a skilled DWI defense attorney can help in seeking expungement or record sealing in certain situations, although it is typically challenging for DWI cases.
Common defenses against a DWI charge in Houston include challenging the legality of the traffic stop, questioning the accuracy of field sobriety tests, and disputing the results of breath or blood tests. An experienced DWI defense attorney can evaluate the specifics of your case to determine the best defense strategy.
Acting quickly to hire a DUI defense attorney is vital as it allows your attorney to gather evidence, speak with witnesses, and challenge the prosecution's case early on. Immediate legal support can significantly impact the outcome of your case. If you need help, contact us today.

Additional Information in Houston, Texas

Texas Alcohol-Related Laws for Minors: This document from the Texas Department of Public Safety details the laws and penalties related to alcohol consumption, possession, and related offenses for minors in Texas, including the consequences of underage drinking and driving.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Programs: Provides information on court-ordered drug and alcohol driving awareness programs, which are designed to educate and rehabilitate individuals convicted of DUI or DWI offenses in Texas.
MADD North Texas - DWI Resources: Provides comprehensive information and resources related to DWI offenses, prevention, and support for those affected by drunk driving in North Texas.

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