Strong Defense Against Drunk Driving Charges
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very serious offense. Although most people charged with this crime are usually respectable middle to upper class citizens rather than hardened criminals, convictions for DWI are severe. Even if it is your first offense, you could be facing jail time, fines and the loss of your driving privileges.
I am Jeremy Sylestine, and I can help. At Sylestine Law PLLC, I provide strong criminal defense representation for clients in Austin and throughout the surrounding areas of Texas. With more than 15 years of criminal law experience, I am a former prosecutor who knows the criminal justice system inside and out. If there is any way to get your charges dismissed or reduced or to get you to go free, I will find it.
Severe Penalties For DWI
The penalties for driving under the influence can be quite serious, including:
- First offense: For a first offense DWI, you could lose your license for up to a year and face a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
- Second offense: For a second conviction of DWI, you would lose your license for up to two years and face up to $4,000 in fines and up to a year in jail (with a one-month minimum).
- Third offense: A third offense can result in $10,000 in fines, a two-year license suspension and a jail term with a two-year minimum and a 10-year maximum sentence.
As you can see, the penalties increase with every subsequent conviction. With a third conviction or more, you are almost certainly facing felony charges, and in some cases, a felony DWI can be charged even on a first or second offense.
Fight Back Aggressively
Even if you are facing only a first offense, the consequences are serious, and you need to mount the best defense possible. In addition to the penalties listed above, a criminal conviction will leave a permanent mark on your record, tarnishing your reputation and creating significant difficulties for employment and housing.