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A second DUI charge can be much more serious

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a criminal offense. As stated by the Texas Department of Transportation, you are legally drunk when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at or above 0.08%. But you break the law when your ability of driving is affected by alcohol or other drugs.

If you are caught driving while drunk for the first time, you will face penalties. But law enforcement officials can understand it was a mistake and may eventually remove the charge from your record. However, a second-time offense may lead to significant punishment and can stay in your permanent record. Therefore, it is crucial to defend it, avoiding conviction.

Here is how you can defend a second DUI in Texas.

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Since this is your second DUI offense, a judge may be tougher. You may still be able to challenge the breathalyzer tests or the absence of probable cause to stop you, but your case will need to be compelling.

For this reason, it will be best to work with knowledgeable parties to examine your case in-depth to help you choose the most suitable approach for your defense.

What happens in a third DUI offense?

Even though Texas categorizes a second DUI offense as a misdemeanor, the third one is a third degree felony and will be charged as such. Any level of drinking can affect your driving skills. Therefore, it will help not to drink or use drugs when you want to drive to avoid a third charge.

Defending a second DUI in Texas is possible but the consequences of multiple convictions can be more serious. Consider your options to protect your driver’s license and reputation.