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Across the nation, the state of Texas is known for its especially severe penalties for DWI offenses in an attempt to reduce the number of violations and consequently increase safety on the roads. Under Texas law, repeated offenders of DWI face more severe penalties with every additional charge.


There are times when a person may be facing multiple DWIs at the same time. This happens when a person is charged with DWI and, while the first case is still pending, is arrested for another DWI. This leads to a unique scenario where the conviction on one charge can lead to greater consequences on the later charge. As an experienced Texas DWI Attorney we know how to navigate these complex cases.

Arrested? You need a seasoned Texas DWI lawyer in Austin to advocate on your behalf. Call our firm now at (512) 599-9000.


Second offense DWI penalties often include:

  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • Jail time between 30 days and one year
  • License suspension for up to 2 years
  • Additional insurance to reinstate your license (up to $2,000 for three years)
  • DWI intervention/education program
  • Ignition interlock device installation

Third offense DWI penalties often include:

  • A maximum of $10,000 in fines
  • Between 2 and 10 years in state prison
  • License suspension of up to 2 years
  • Additional insurance to reinstate your license (up to $2,000 for three years)
  • DWI intervention/education program
  • Ignition interlock device installation

Any additional convictions after a third DWI conviction will have equally, if not more, severe penalties.


While it is true that driving while intoxicated is dangerous, both to the individual’s life and to those around them, the team at Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorneys believes that those charged with DWI deserve effective legal counsel and every resource of defense possible.

If you’re facing a first, second, third or additional DWI charge, the team at Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorneys are ready to stand by you and provide the legal defense you deserve.

Start today by contacting us at (512) 599-9000 for a free case evaluation.

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


Client Testimonials

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  • After finding myself in legal trouble, I contacted a number of different attorneys frantically. When I came across Steve, his extensive knowledge in DWI cases brought me comfort that I could not find elsewhere at the time. Throughout the process he was always available and willing to discuss the status of my case. My DWI charge was dismissed and I happily accepted a non-DWI and I have Mr. Bowling to thank for it.
  • Steve was a guiding light in a sea of uncertainty. He took care of everything for me. He was understanding, kind, and considerate of my worries and all other aspects of my case. He worked with me on the financial side of things and certainly saved me way more money than he cost. I now consider Steve to be not only "my attorney" but my friend as well. I can only give him my highest recommendation. And what's case was dismissed. Thank you Steve!
  • I am very thankful for the quality of service Mr. Bowling provided me. I was discouraged after finding myself in the situation that I did. Mr. Bowling was able to make me feel comfortable with my case, and through his expertise, had my DWI dismissed and the charge reduced to a non-DWI.