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Underage DWI or DUI in Texas

When examining Texas DWI law, any individual under the age of 21 is recognized by the state as a minor. Because they are under the legal drinking age, minors are held to higher standards and in some ways stricter consequences for violations of Texas DWI laws.

Similar to adults, Austin has a zero-tolerance policy for minors driving while intoxicated. While the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level for an adult driver is .08, it is illegal for a minor to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her system. What this means is that any traceable amount of alcohol in a minor driver is cause for an arrest for driving under the influence (Texas DUI). If it is determined that a minor has a BAC of .08 or above the minor can be charged with the same Texas DWI charge that an adult faces; leading to the same consequences.

If you or your child has been arrested for underage DWI or DUI, contact the team at Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorneys today for a free case evaluation: (512) 599-9000.


Minors arrested and charged for driving under the influence (DUI) for the first time in Texas will be faced with legal consequences including:

  • Up to one year of license suspension
  • A maximum fine of $500, other court costs and fines may apply
  • At least 20 hours community service
  • At least 12 hours of alcohol education program

Minors arrested and charged for driving under the influence with two prior convictions will be faced with legal consequences including:

  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • A license suspension
  • A fine between $500 and $2,000, along with other court costs and fines
  • At least 40 hours community service

Depending on the Blood Alcohol Content level detected at the time of the arrest, the age of the defendant, and any previous convictions for underage DWI, the penalties for underage DWI may increase. This is why it is so important to have an Austin DWI attorney on your side.


For minors in the state of Texas, the penalties for underage DWI are not just legal. The implied consequences of a conviction on a minor’s record can have negative impacts on his or her educational pursuits, career goals, and personal relationships. Furthermore, car insurance premiums are likely to rise for the driver after an arrest or conviction.

Protect yourself or your child from the present and future impacts of an underage DWI conviction by contacting Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorneys. We will work together to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome of your case.

If you have been arrested…

Your FREEDOM is potentially at stake. A conviction can have a huge impact on your job, relationships, and your future. You need to act fast.

Don’t wait to get trusted counsel. Reach out to the Austin DWI Lawyers today at (512) 599-9000 to set up a free consultation.

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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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