First Time Texas DWI Charges

If you’ve been charged by law enforcement in the Houston area for a DWI, and its the first time you’ve been charged with DWI, there is a strong chance that we can beat the charge, and keep the record of the arrest off of your criminal background.

Houston DWI & criminal defense attorney Tad A. Nelson has over 25 years of experience defending persons accused of DWI related offenses in the Houston area, and she will bring the full complement of his criminal defense litigation experience to the fight for you.

Penalties For 1st Texas DWI Offenses

Although not the most serious of criminal charges as far as Texas DWI laws are concerned, 1st Offense DWI convictions open the door for more serious criminal charges in the future if the defendant repeats the offense.


However, for persons who for some reason wound up charged with a DWI offense, the potential penalties if found guilty in the court of law are as follows;

  • May be assessed a fine not to exceed 2000,00,
  • May be sentenced to a jail term of 72 hours to 6 months,
  • Texas Drivers License suspension of a period from 90 days to 1 year.

1st offense DWI offenses are classified as misdemeanors in the State of Texas making the penalties light and sustainable for person who made a mistake, but there is still the stigma of having a drunk driving charge on your record.

Avoiding Jail

In most cases, people charged with a DWI offense are given probation and no jail time. If the court grants probation on your case, and we can talk about going that route if you want, they may place a number of conditions on you which include terms like not being able to violate the law, reporting to the Harris County Probation Officer assigned to you, attendance in DWI & alcohol education classes, and they may even restrict you from the nightlife which includes bars and nightclubs.

If you’re given probation by the court, and you violate the terms, you’ll face jail.

Attorney Tad A. Nelson Will Help

If you’ve been arrested for a DWI offense in the Houston area, regardless of which county/jurisdiction, attorney Tad Nelson is willing and ready to being his criminal DWI defense expertise to bear for you.

Attorney Tad Nelson has fought to defend the rights, and the freedom, and people living in and around Houston for over 25 years, and is ready to help you with your case as well.

If you need help, call Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson.

Our phone number is 713-802-1631.

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