One person dies due to a drunk driver every 51 minutes in this country. These deaths, as well as the chance of injuries and property damage, are the reasons why lawmakers have taken such a tough stance against drunk driving. Texas lawmakers are no exception.

In Texas, someone is injured or killed in a drunk driving crash every 20 minutes, on average. In this state, you are facing some very serious penalties for drunk driving. This can mean that you don’t have the privilege of driving legally and that you have to pay fines. You might even find that you are facing time in prison if you are convicted.

Not all charges are created equally

Not all drunk driving charges in Texas are created equally. There are instances in which charges might be enhanced, which means that you are facing more serious penalties than what you would have been without the enhancement.

A first drunk driving charge can mean you will have to deal with three days to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. You will also lose your driver’s license for up to a year. A fee of $1,000 or $2,000 per year for three years is required to keep your driver’s license after the conviction.

One enhancement that you can face is having a child in the vehicle. If you have someone under 15 years old in the vehicle, you face up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and losing your driver’s license for 180 days for a first offense.

Previous drunk driving convictions are another enhancement that you might face. For example, a second offense carries one month to one year in jail and a third offense is associated with two to 10 years in prison.

Know your defense options

Your defense is the way that you have to tell your side of the story. There are many different things that you can include in your defense. For example, if the officer stopped you without any reason, you might be able bring this up in your defense. Other points about how the stop, arrest were conducted might be included in your defense. You might also be able to call the way that your blood alcohol concentration percentage was obtained into question. In all of these cases, you should determine how each aspect might benefit your defense strategy as a whole.