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Third DWI Offense Attorneys in Austin, TX

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Every person facing criminal charges, including a third DWI, has the legal right to a fair and thorough legal defense. At Botsford & Roark, if you have been charged with a third or subsequent DWI in Texas, we recognize the gravity of your situation. Our experienced Austin DWI defense lawyers are here to provide the guidance and representation you need to navigate this difficult time. Start protecting your rights, freedom, and reputation now. Contact us for a free case evaluation right away.

Elements of third and subsequent DWI charges in Texas

A third or subsequent DWI charge in Texas is a serious matter typically arising when a driver with a prior history of DWI convictions is suspected of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. For a conviction, prosecutors must typically prove a handful of circumstances:

  • The driver was intoxicated by illegal, legal, prescribed, or over-the-counter alcohol, drugs, or other mind-altering substance.
  • The driver was operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, or boat while intoxicated.
  • The driver’s intoxicated operation of the motor vehicle was in a public place.
  • The driver has been previously convicted two or more times of DWI or a DWI-related charge.

It is worth noting that although the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers is 0.08%, prosecutors do not need BAC results to get a conviction. Without a strong defense, a police officer’s “reasonable suspicion” that you were intoxicated could be enough for a judge or jury to convict on the charge of:

Third offense DWI and subsequent offenses

  • Third degree felony
  • 2-10 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine

Third or subsequent intoxication assault

  • Second degree felony
  • 2-20 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine

Additional consequences for someone convicted of a third offense DWI may also include:

  • Drivers’ license suspended for 2 years or more
  • Required Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation in vehicle
  • Mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program attendance
  • Community service

Social consequences may include difficulty obtaining housing, loans, and professional licensure and otherwise limit career opportunities.

Defense strategies for third and subsequent DWI offenses

When facing a third or subsequent DWI charge, it's important to explore every available defense option. Our experienced DWI defense attorneys at Botsford & Roark will meticulously examine your case to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Typically, this may involve:

  • Challenging the evidence against you
  • Negotiating a plea deal
  • Presenting expert testimony
  • Demanding justice for violation of rights
  • Mitigating consequences

Our DWI defense lawyers can fight for your freedom

Facing a third or subsequent DWI charge in Texas can be an incredibly challenging ordeal. If you're in this situation, you're no stranger to the complexities of the legal process and the potential consequences that lie ahead. However, you still need sound legal guidance to be in a position for favorable results.

Botsford & Roark offers free and confidential case evaluations. Our team is ready to assess your situation, answer questions, and help you make informed decisions about what to do next. We have decades of experience investigating DWI and providing critical criminal defense when people in Central Texas need it most. Don't face a third DWI alone; we're here to stand by your side. Contact us today.

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