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When you get a second DWI it’s similar to a first offense DWI. The difference is the court is going to mandate as part of your bond that you have what’s called an ignition interlock device on your car, which is the blowing machine. The interlock is going to be on there pending the resolution of your case.
The severity between a first offense DWI and a second DWI is a first offense with a blood alcohol level under a .15 is a class B misdemeanor, which is one-step above a traffic ticket but it has a stigma of DWI. A second offense is always a class A misdemeanor. A first offense with a BAC over .15 is also a class A. The difference is the interlock device requirement. Sometimes the judges won’t do it on a first offense; where on the second offense you will have it no matter what their BAC was.
It’s important you find an attorney that knows how to approach a DWI case, that knows the DWI laws, the cases, and what to look for when they’re fighting your case.
Proven Defense by a Former Law Enforcement Officer
Many people who are charged with an Austin DWI just assume there is no way to fight it. They think the best they can hope for is a smaller fine or a reduction in the amount of time they lose their license. We focus on defending anyone accused of a DWI. With the right legal counsel, there are other outcomes. Depending on the facts of the case, what if…
- Instead of months of suspension, you don’t lose your license at all?
- Instead of making a deal for probation, you never get convicted?
- Instead of having a DWI conviction, your record stays clean?
- Instead of cutting bad deals, you get a vigorous DWI defense?
While every case depends on the facts and circumstances at play, mounting an aggressive defense to DWI charges may be your best option. The Austin Criminal Defense attorneys at Stephen T Bowling, P.C., handle all drunk driving cases, defending clients in both the criminal proceedings and driver’s license hearings.
Don’t trust just anyone with your DWI defense. Contact the law firm of Stephen T Bowling, PC, by e-mail or call us at 512-599-9000 to schedule your free consultation with an Austin DWI lawyer to discover some strategies we pursue in defending Austin Driving While Intoxicated cases.
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