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A DWI arrest is a hard lesson to learn

As the semester comes to an end, you were probably looking forward to kicking back with some friends. With the pressure off, you wanted to let down your guard and enjoy a few drinks and some good times. However, what started as a good time ended quickly when police pulled you over for suspected drunk driving.

Whether this is your first offense or you have been through this before, you may be facing consequences that could set you back financially for the foreseeable future. This does not even take into account the affects a DWI conviction will have on other areas of your young life.

The high cost of a conviction

The stress you felt during finals week may feel like a welcome relief compared to what you are facing now. You may already be weary of explaining yourself or making excuses for your arrest, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead may keep you awake or make it difficult to eat.

You are right to have concerns. Texas takes drunk driving seriously, and each year, safety advocates fight for stiffer laws and penalties. Just the financial cost of a conviction may feel overwhelming to you, for example:

  • Fines, sometimes reaching thousands of dollars
  • Court costs
  • Towing and vehicle impoundment fees
  • Higher auto insurance rates
  • Fees for mandatory alcohol treatment
  • Cab fare or public transportation when the court suspends your license
  • Thousands in fees to reinstate and retain your license after suspension
  • Installation and monthly fees for ignition interlock, if the court orders

You may also consider the time spent in court, at the Department of Motor Vehicles and attending treatment. If you expected to work over the summer, you may discover you simply don't have the time.

Keeping your life on track

A DWI charge is nothing to take lightly. Even if you believe you have no alternatives but to accept the penalties and move on with life, you may find that moving on is not so easy with a drunk driving conviction on your record. You do have options, and an experienced attorney will explain the best ones available for your situation.

Your attorney will fight vigorously, most likely by challenging the validity of the tests police used to establish your BAC, especially if police administered those tests after you refused them. You certainly do not want to lose your license, jeopardize your financial aid or spend time in jail if it is possible to avoid such consequences.

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