DWI Jail Release
Each year, thousands of people like you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). For most, it is the first time they find themselves on the wrong side of the law; however, it is nonetheless a frightening experience. Fortunately, with help from an experienced attorney, jail release is possible.
As you most likely know, DWI is a serious offense. In Austin, any person with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8% or higher can be arrested and charged with DWI. The penalties for driving under the influence include jail time, expensive fines and license suspension—even if it is your first offense.
You will be sentenced to a minimum of 72 hours in jail if you are convicted of a first DWI offense. Repeat offenders will spend even more time behind bars: up to 180 days for a second offense and between two to ten years for a third.
In addition to jail time, you will also face some hefty fees if you are convicted of DWI: up to $2,000 for a first offense, $4,000 for a second and $10,000 for a third offense. You can also tack on an additional $3,000 to $6,000 per year in administrative surcharges.
The consequences of a DWI conviction will haunt you long after you have completed your sentence. Your current insurance rates will not only skyrocket, but your conviction will be a permanent addition to your driving record and, as a result, affect your insurance costs for years to come.
Fortunately, a DWI arrest does not automatically lead to a conviction. In many cases, an experienced attorney may be able to challenge the charges against you and help you obtain a DWI jail release attorney.