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Texas’s DWI laws prohibit all motorists from operating a motor vehicle:
Generally, you are considered “intoxicated” if you “lack the normal use of mental or physical faculties” as the result of ingesting alcohol, drug or any other substance.
Texas also has “zero tolerance” laws making it illegal for underage drivers (those under 21 years old) to get behind the wheel with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.
|1st Offense||2nd Offense||3rd Offense|
72 hours to six months (12-month maximum with BAC of .15% or more)
|30 days to 12 months||2 to 10 years|
Up to $2,000 (or up to $4,000 with BAC .15% or more)
|Up to $4,000||Up to $10,000|
90 days to 12 months
|180 days to 2 years||180 days to 2 years|
|Ignition Interlock Device||
Only as a condition of obtaining an “occupational license”
|1 year (with a prior conviction within 5 years)||1 year (with a prior conviction within 5 years)|