Drinking, driving consequences costly in many ways

December 31, 2012

For those who make the dire mistake of drinking and driving, the website of the Texas Department of Public Transportation says that a first-time DWI conviction can result in a maximum fine of $2,000, up to six months in jail, a suspended driver’s license for up to one year and $1,000 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license. Those first three penalties double if you are convicted of a second DWI, and the cost to keep your driver’s license increases to $1,500 every year for three years. A third DWI conviction is a felony and can bring a maximum $10,000 fine, plus 2 to 10 years in prison (not jail) and a suspended driver’s license for up to two years.

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