Types of Driving While Intoxicated Offenses

Drinking and driving is not taken lightly in the state of Texas and can result in serious penalties. Each year roughly 90,000 men, women and minors are arrested for a DWI or driving while intoxicated in Texas. This is a criminal offense which is often times also referred to as driving under the influence (DUI).

According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations, there have been about 1,400 drug and alcohol related vehicle fatalities in the state of Texas since 2009. These stats rank Texas as a state with one of the highest amount of alcohol and drug related driving accidents in the nation.


Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you were recently arrested in Dallas or Fort Worth for drinking and driving, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. The damage that alcohol and drug related collisions can have on lives and property is immense and due to the potential for temporary and permanent damage, Dallas Fort Wort law enforcement and the Texas penal code take a stern view towards drunk driving.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy focuses on DWI and DUI arrests in the northern Texas area including, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Denton, Arlington, Irving and more. If you are looking for a DWI or DUI attorney in Dallas it is important to get in touch with a law firm that has experience dealing with all types of DWI cases. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a free consultation at (972) 233-5700.


DWI Offenses in Dallas

In the penal code, there are quite a few different types of DWI offenses and enhancements that a person arrest for DUI in Dallas may face, including:

Whatever DWI/DUI related crime you may have been arrested for, you should not assume that going to court and pleading guilty is your only option. With an experienced DWI or DUI attorney in Dallas you can remain out of jail and enjoy your freedom.


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DWI Texas Information Center


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DUI vs DWI in Texas

Many in Texas are charged with a DWI, yet they often times refer to it as a DUI. Though they are similar charges with similar penalties, there are a few differences in the offenses. In the state of Texas a person accused of drinking and driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of over .08 will be charged with a DWI.

However, if the person accused is a first time offender and a minor under the age of 21, then often times they are charged with a DUI, instead of a DWI. Those over the age of 21 with a BAC of over .08 are often times charged with a DWI which has more severe penalties.

Though these two terms are often used interchangeably, it is important to know the difference since they both are different charges with different penalties.


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Penalties for Drinking and Driving in Texas

In the state of Texas there is a zero tolerance policy for minors. So if a minor has any amount of alcohol in their system they are charged with drinking and driving. For a first offense a minor can face a license suspension of up to 1 year, a $500 fine, 90 days of community service and they will also be required to attend an Alcohol Education Program.

Adults that are charged with a DWI face more severe punishment. They can face up 2 years of license suspension, jail time up to 180 days, a fine up to $2000 and possibly an ignition interlock device. The punishments get more severe for repeat offenders or those with a child in the car.


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Texas Resources for DWI Arrests

Find a DWI Lawyer in Dallas, TX – Visit the Lawyer Legion website to find a list of the best DWI attorneys in Dallas, TX. The ranking system used by Lawyer Legion provides information about an attorneys membership and leadership in the top bar associations for DUI defense and criminal defense including the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the DUI Defense Lawyer Assocation (DUIDLA), the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).

Texas Department of Public Safety on DWI Law – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a law enforcement agency that seeks to protect and serve Texas by combating terrorism and crime, enhancing public safety, and strengthening emergency management throughout the state. A local Dallas DPS office is located at:

1500 Marilla 1B South
City of Dallas Building
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 651-1859

Dallas County Clerk’s Office – This link provides individuals access to their criminal records and misdemeanor criminal case information, miscellaneous court information and resources about the justice system throughout Dallas County. The county criminal courts are located at:

Frank Crowley Criminal Building
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75207
Phone: (214) 653-7099

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Finding a DUI Attorney in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

If you have been arrested for drinking and driving, it is important that you contact an experienced dui attorney immediately. Richard C. McConathy focuses on drinking and driving cases and is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Dallas Fort Worth.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy serves those accused of drinking and driving in Dallas County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Collin County, Rockwall County, Ellis County, Parker County and other areas of northern Texas. Email or call (972) 233-5700 today to get a free consultation.

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