A conviction for driving while intoxicated in Texas will have a significant, negative impact on your life, including a mark on your record that never goes away. There are many so-called "collateral" consequences to a DUI conviction as well; for this reason, it is vital that you have an experienced Sugar Land criminal lawyer on your side.
Some of the consequences related to a DUI conviction are fairly well understood. For instance, you will have to pay all court costs, and will likely pay a fine of $500 to $2000. It is possible that you will serve some jail time, but this is not usually the case for a first offense. In fact, should there be some question of this, your Sugar Land criminal lawyer may be able to arrange for an alternative to jail time, such as community service.
Many people are not as aware of the collateral consequences of a DUI—that is, until they are arrested. You can expect to face the following:
- Increase in Car Insurance: Your insurance will likely skyrocket after a DUI conviction. If you are a commercial driver, you may have to file a SR-22.
- Suspension of License: If you refuse to submit to a blood test, license suspension is mandatory. Otherwise, you may face suspension, especially if you are sentenced to jail time.
- DPS Surcharges: Once your driving privileges are restored, you will have to pay a DPS surcharge of $1000 per year for 3 years, and more for further convictions.
- Other Consequences: You also may be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel, monthly probation meetings, and DUI education programs.
For Legal Assistance
A DUI conviction carries serious consequences. If you are facing charges for driving under the influence, Sugar Land criminal lawyer John Venza may be able to help. Call to arrange a consultation today at 281-971-5660.