Your first DUI offense is considered a class B Texas Misdemeanor charge and your second offense is considered a class A misdemeanor. Both are considered a criminal offense. If you were charged for the first time with a DUI in Texas, there is a minimal Jail sentence of 72 hours or 6 days if there was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle when arrested. Your second offense is minimum of 72 hours to a year.
DUI charges in Texas come at a large cost. You will be fined up to $2,000. You may be responsible for evaluation and other administrative fees that were incurred. The state also charges DUI offenders a surcharge of $1,000 for three years for first time offenders. However it can be $2,000 per year if your blood alcohol level was equal to or greater than double the state’s legal limit. Second offense DUI charges cost more. The fine is up to $4,000 and the surcharge is $1,500 per year, with the same blood alcohol level stipulation staying at $2,000.
You also face the loss of your license for one year. However this damage can be minimal if you seek the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney to help you fight to keep your driving privileges. The court may order a year of DWI Education program and allow you to maintain your driving rights. Second time offenders lose their driver’s license for 18 months to two years and are required to complete 12 hours of a DWI Education Program. If your license is revoked, you can apply for an occupational license to drive to drive for essential needs, like to and from work.