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San Antonio DWI Penalties

The Consequences of a Texas DWI Conviction

Texas courts take DWI charges very seriously. If convicted, you may face serious and potentially life-altering penalties.

First-offense DWI is punished by:

  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • Jail time of three to 180 days
  • 90 days up to one year license suspension
  • A criminal record with a Class B misdemeanor

Second-offense DWI is punished by:

  • A fine of up to $4,000
  • Jail time of 30 days up to one year
  • 180 days up to 2 years license suspension
  • A criminal record with a Class A misdemeanor

Third-offense DWI is punished by:

  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • A prison sentence of two to 10 years
  • 180 days up to 2 years license suspension
  • A criminal record with a felony conviction

First-offense DWI with an open container is punished by:

  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • Jail time of six up to 180 days
  • Jail time and a fine combined
  • 90 days up to one year license suspension

Want to avoid these penalties? Contact a San Antonio DWI lawyer at Smith & Vinson Law Firm for a free, initial consultation at (210) 960-9557 today.

Experienced & Effective San Antonio DWI Attorneys

If you have been arrested for any type of DWI in the greater San Antonio area, it is important to find a competent attorney as soon as possible. We highly recommend that you contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm to speak to one of our capable lawyers about your case. Our firm has concentrated much of its practice in this field of law. With a former prosecutor on board and trial-tested litigators to help you, you will have the peace of mind that comes with reliable legal representation. We fight for your constitutional rights and for a favorable outcome.

Need legal advice about a criminal arrest or investigation? Please contact our firm at (210) 960-9557 today.

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  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

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    “He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”


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    “They handle my case incredibly well and warned me on the possible negative outcomes, overall completely satisfied me through the whole process. ”

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  • He's a real lawyer!

    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”


  • Exceptionally versed in the intricacies of Texas criminal law

    “Having never been exposed to the criminal system, hiring an attorney was daunting task. Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action. Ultiamtely, Mr. Vinson was able to negotiate a reasonable settlement dispite many hoops and hurdles presented by the prosecuting county. I would highly recommend Smith and Vinson for representation in a criminal matter.”


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