October 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Although almost every drunk driving conviction ends up being costly to the person convicted, most people with just one DUI will be able to recover from the charges within a few months and get on with their lives. However, the penalties for subsequent drunk driving offenses get worse, and can have lifelong effects if a person is convicted for a felony
or aggravated DUI.
DUI laws are strict in Texas, because drunk driving is a big problem in the state. There were 85,715 arrests for driving under the influence in Texas in 2011, according to The Century Council. Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in the state involved drivers with prior DUIs with a blood alcohol level of .08 to .14. And MADD says that about a third of those arrested for DUI are repeat offenders, up to 75 percent of whom have been driving on a suspended license.
Tough DUI laws in Texas
Drunk driving laws are meant to protect drunk drivers as well as others on the road, by giving people strong reasons not to get behind the wheel after drinking. The Texas Department of Transportation says that repeat offenders can face fines up to $10,000, as well as two to ten years in prison. Those with a third DUI conviction can lose their driver's license for two years and pay a yearly fee of $1,000 to $2,000 for three years afterwards to retain their driver's license. Additionally, repeat offenders must install and pay for an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.
To illustrate how the penalties of multiple DUIs can stack up, Missoulian reported on a Texas man who was arrested on his fourth count of a DUI, after he ran over a tent at the Western Montana Fair last summer. In addition to two misdemeanor charges, the man also faces a felony charge of driving under the influence, which will undoubtedly affect him for years.
A DUI is costly. According to DMV.org, even a first offense is expensive, and the consequences are only raised higher for an aggravated or felony charge:
- Fines and court fees
- Alcohol abuse counseling
- License reinstatement
- Car insurance
People with multiple DUI charges may also have to deal with a loss of income, if their convictions have resulted in unemployment.
Contacting an attorney
People facing aggravated or felony drunk driving charges will need to speak with a defense attorney experienced in drunk driving cases. It's important to understand the potential consequences
of such serious charges, and an attorney will ensure that those accused of a DUI will be treated fairly in court.
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