Am I allowed to drive after being arrested for a DWI?

If your license was not suspended prior to being pulled over, your license should not be suspended automatically just because you were arrested for a DWI. A person has 15 days from the date of their arrest to request a hearing on the suspension on their driver’s license.

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Is a DWI a misdemeanor or felony?

In most circumstances, a first or second DWI is a class B or class A misdemeanor. (See more punishment details here)

A DWI can be charged as a felony under some circumstances, for example-

  • When there is an accident involving serious bodily injury, you could be charged with Intoxication Assault
  • When there is an accident involving the death of another person, you could be charged with Intoxication Manslaughter
  • If you have plead or been found guilty in two prior instances, you can be charged with a felony Third DWI
  • If you were arrested for DWI with a child passenger, you can be charged with a felony.

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Difference between a DUI and DWI in Texas

In Texas, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge applies only to minors. A minor is not permitted to have any deductible amount of alcohol in their system. Therefore, a minor does not have to be legally intoxicated to be charged with a DUI. A DUI conviction can carry a penalty of up to $500 fine, a 60-day suspension of ones driver’s license, community service requirements, and mandatory alcohol-awareness classes.

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How long does a DWI case take?


This answer depends on a few different factors: police agency, breath or blood test, and the court a person is assigned. Typically speaking, the only people who have their case resolved “quickly” are simply pleading guilty and accepting the state’s generic plea offer. Evidence can take time to trickle in piece by piece- police reports, accident reports, blood results, videos etc.

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