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If you are 21-years old and you’re convicted of a DWI first and then you’re 41-years old and you get a second one 20 years later it’s a DWI second. A third offense DWI in Texas is always a felony so if you get a third offense DWI 20 years later when you’re 61 that’s a felony DWI. So you want to try to fight this to keep it off your record so you don’t have the burden of DWI following you forever.

Another thing I see is people coming from states where after 10 years the DWI is no longer counter. Well, if Texas can get certified copies of the conviction of those, Texas will use those even if they’re over the limit for the other state. We use those to enhance to give you a higher level DWI.

It’s important to find an attorney who will fight for you because it’s never going to go off your record. If you have an Austin DWI and you get another one later on, it’s going to be used to enhance to a higher level DWI so you want to find somebody who’s going to fight it and try to beat it for you.

UPDATE: Texas recently passed a bill that allows you to seal a DWI conviction after a specific period of time under certain conditions. This will not remove the DWI from your record but will allow you to seal it so future employers will not see the conviction on a background check.


At Stephen T Bowling, Austin DWI Lawyer, we understand the severity of a DWI on your record and the intricacies of fighting a DWI charge!

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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DWI Case Factors

What is Intoxicated?
What is “operating” a motor vehicle?
What is a “Public Place”?
Drugged Driving
DWI Penalties
DWI with a Child under 15
DWI with a BAC over 0.15
DWI with Open Container
14 day Driver’s License Requirement

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