Getting stopped and accused of a DWI can certainly put a damper on your night. What’s worse is that a DWI could affect your career, schooling and finances.
It’s always a good idea to defend yourself if you’re arrested for a DWI because there may be ways to reduce the penalties or to get the charges dismissed. That’s something you’ll want to talk about with your attorney as soon as you can.
What do you have to do if you get a DWI conviction in Texas?
If you’re over the age of 21 and are convicted of driving while intoxicated, then you will need to meet some requirements set by the state. Keep in mind that the requirements you have to meet will vary based on your case and the judge’s decisions. What you have to do may not be the same as what someone else needs to do, especially if you work closely with your attorney to fight the charges and mitigate the penalties.
Some of the things that a judge may require you to do following a DWI include:
- Obtaining a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate from your insurance provider
- Attending an alcohol education program for 12 or 32 hours, depending on the number of DWIs on your record
- Serving probation
- Serving a license suspension for up to two years and paying $100 to reinstate it in addition to other outstanding fees
- Installing an ignition interlock device before you are allowed to drive again
What you need to do will depend on your case’s outcome. Our website has more information on how to defend yourself against charges and protect your rights.