You can be convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas if you operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. “Intoxicated” means you either: “lack the normal use of mental or physical faculties” because you ingested alcohol, drug or any other substance, or
A second DUI in Texas is a Class A misdemeanor and the penalties are fairly severe including a minimum of one-month jail time. There is no lookback period in Texas which means that any prior DUI conviction will count towards a second charge.
Third DUI is a felony. In Texas, your first two DUI convictions are misdemeanors (unless there are aggravating factors) but your third DUI conviction is categorized as a third degree felony. Lookback Period. Texas has no lookback period. No matter when your first two DWI convictions occured, they will count as "priors."
Texas’s drugged driving law is located at Texas Penal Code Section 49.01 and it prohibits a driver from operating a vehicle while intoxicated. “Intoxicated" means: not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of
A public defender (“PD”) is a court appointed attorney, paid by the state of Texas, and assigned to represent indigent criminal defendants facing jail time. In other words, if you cannot afford a lawyer for your DWI case in Texas, the court will appoint and pay for one (you don't get to pick). The links below may help you find information about public defenders in your county.