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Penalties and Requirements for Being Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, if you are arrested for a DWI you could face the following penalties.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) for Adults

An “adult” is any individual who is 21 years of age and older. Adults who are convicted of DWI might:

An occupational/interlock driver license must be issued to individuals who have been ordered by the court to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle as a condition of driving.

DWI for Minors

A “minor” is any individual who is under 21 years of age. Minors who are convicted of DWI will:

A minor may also receive a 90-day driver license suspension if an interlock ignition device and community service is ordered by the presiding judge. (A special driver license must be issued to drive with an interlock ignition device).

Other Alcohol Offenses Committed by Minors

Minors who are convicted of any of the following offenses will receive a 30-day suspension for the first offense, a 60-day suspension for the second offense, and a 180-day suspension for the third offense.

DWI for Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL)

Individuals who are convicted of DWI may have their CDL disqualified.

Alcohol Education Classes

Alcohol Awareness classes are offered through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Online courses are not acceptable. For a list of approved classes, please contact TDLR at 800-803-9202.

Driver License Reinstatement Requirements

Prior to the renewal or issuance of a driver license, individuals must:

NOTE: It is possible to receive a suspension for a DWI conviction and a suspension for a blood or breath test refusal or failure resulting from the same arrest.

Occupational License

Individuals may be eligible to apply for an occupational license while their driver license is suspended or revoked.

Driver Eligibility Status

For individuals who are required to submit compliance documents (i.e. certificate of completion, SR-22, etc.), their driver eligibility status will change from “ineligible” to “eligible” on the License Eligibility website once all documents have been processed and fees have been paid.

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