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Austin DWI FAQ

When you’ve been arrested for a DWI, you’re no doubt feeling scared and worried—not fully understanding the legal consequences you might be facing. You’re also probably wondering how this arrest could affect your future.

Want to get some answers to your questions regarding your DWI arrest? Below, we’ve provided some frequently asked questions and answers about Austin DWI charges.

Is a DWI a criminal offense in Texas?

Yes. A DWI is considered a criminal offense. Most first-time offenses are misdemeanors, but offenses can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances of your case.

How long will a conviction stay on my record?

A DWI conviction will stay on your record forever. However, if you succeed in getting your DWI charge dismissed or you are acquitted, you can have the charge removed through a process called expunction.

Will a DWI affect my insurance?

Yes. A DWI conviction will affect your insurance premiums. Your driving record is a huge factor when insurers are evaluating your insurance policy. You will more than likely pay much more for auto insurance if you have a DWI on your record.

Are sobriety tests foolproof?

Sobriety tests are used to determine general sobriety, and they are not foolproof. For example, a walk-and-turn test’s accuracy can be impacted by uneven pavement, gravel on the road, weather conditions, and a person’s general clumsiness.

What’s a no-refusal weekend in Texas?

No-refusal weekends in Texas were created to crack down on drunk drivers. A driver always has the right to refuse a blood draw or breath test. On no-refusal weekends, the process of applying for a warrant to forcibly obtain a specimen following a refusal is easier for the police.

Contact an Austin DWI Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with a DWI in Austin, don’t lose hope just yet. There are defenses against conviction for driving while intoxicated, and an Austin DWI lawyer with Tillman Braniff, PLLC can help you choose the right one. We offer a free consultation when you complete our online contact form or call 512-236-0505.