Each state has its own rules about how it handles what happens when you get arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in another state. For example, Texas details what happens if you get a drunk driving charge in another state in TTC § 521.306.
When a law enforcement officer in Texas arrests you on suspicion of drunk driving, both Texas and your home state may issue an administrative driver’s license revocation, and you may face criminal charges in Texas.
You May Face Administrative License Revocations in Texas and Your Home State
Texas, like many other states, has an automatic Administrative License Revocation (ALR) that kicks in anytime someone gets arrested for a DWI or a related charge.
If the laws of your home state include an ALR or a reciprocal administrative suspension, you may lose your driving privileges in your home state as well.
The Effects of a DWI Conviction in Texas
Under Texas law, a first-offense DWI is a Class B Misdemeanor. The possible DWI penalties for a conviction include:
- A fine of up to $2,000
- A jail sentence of 72 hours to 180 days
- A driver’s license suspension in addition to your administrative revocation
When you live in another state, you may also face additional penalties. This all depends on the laws of your home state. In some cases, they will suspend your driver’s license in accordance with the suspension you would receive if the arrest occurred in that state.
Let Eddington Worley Help You Pursue a More Favorable Outcome for Your DWI in Texas
You could face significant consequences after a DWI, both in Texas and in your home state. At Eddington Worley we know the types of evidence the prosecution may use to prove a case against you. We will challenge this evidence and develop a defense strategy based on the facts of your case. Our goal is to minimize the impact your arrest has on your life, reducing the penalties you face and fighting the charges you face.
Talk to a DWI Defense Attorney in Texas About Your Case
If you face a DWI in Texas or another related charge, the team from Eddington Worley is here to help. We can explain the consequences you may face if convicted and develop a defense strategy to fight for a favorable outcome. Let us review your case and help you fight the charges.
Call us today at 855-600-6695 to get started.