Texas “Driving While Intoxicated” Penalties: First Offense

Jul 14, 2011   //   by Maria E. G. Garcia   //   Blog  //  3 Comments


It is highly illegal to drive while intoxicated in the state of Texas. Driving while intoxicated is the act of driving while having been drinking alcohol to the point where motor and mental skills are impaired. There are offenses that are given to the individual that violates this law. In this article, the first offense will be explained.

Committing a driving while intoxicated first offense is the same as a Class B Misdemeanor. There will be a fine that will not exceed $2,000. There will also be jail that will not be less than 72 hours and no more than six months. The minimum term of jail will be at least six days if there was an open container in the car. Community service is also obligatory. There will be no less than 24 community service hours and no more than 100 hours.

Most people that are convicted from a first driving while intoxicated offense will have to endure a 1 to 2 year probation trial. They will be supervised until those years are done. There are also conditions of supervision that the individual will have to complete. The following are the requirements that need to be completed.

A person who has been found guilty of a driving while intoxicated offense will be obligated of submitting an evaluation for the likelihood of committing this violation again as well as any violation that includes drug or alcohol exploit. The individual will also have to complete a driving while intoxicated class within 180 days from the date of the violation. If this task is successfully completed, the suspension of the driver’s license will be avoided and no suspension will take place, unless you were a minor of 21 years. The individual will also have to pay a monthly supervisory fee as well as complete several hours of volunteer service.

Another requirement that the individual must complete, is the Victim Impact Panel. This is a forum in where victims that where once drunk drivers speak about their experiences and try to warn other people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. The last requirement that must be completed is to commit no other crimes, report monthly to the supervision fee, and pay all fines and costs in time.


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