Second DWI (1 prior)

2nd DWI

Texas law increases the seriousness of DWI cases for repeat arrests. If convicted of a DWI, then the next arrest for DWI will be enhanced to a Class A Misdmeanor. This enhancement is a serious one, since it increases mandatory jail time, license suspensions, and will trigger the Interlock Device requirement from DPS.

What's at Stake on a DWI-2?

The biggest issue for most people would be a minimum 30 days jail. While most Class A Misdemeanors carry a potential penalty up to 365 days Jail and/or $4,000 fines + costs, the minimum 30 days jail is terrifying for most people. Luckily, Keates Law Firm has been successful in avoiding the mandatory jail, whether by beating the case at Jury Trial, or negotiating reduction of charges. Other concerns for the accused include up to a two year license suspension, ~$4,500 per year DPS surcharge, $125 Reinstatement Fee, the required Interlock Device in car, longer DWI Education classes, longer SR22 insurance requirements, and insurance rate increases.





How We Can Help

The Keates Law Firm has over 14+ Years Experience handling criminal defense cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail.



Here are some of the benefits of hiring Keates Law Firm:

  • Free Case Consultations
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  • Transparent Fees - No Unexpected Fees!
  • Robert handles your case, not a junior lawyer
  • Direct Access to Attorney's Cell and Email
  • We Treat Clients like Family!


Why Choose Us:

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Our Track Record: Recent Keates Law Firm Results

Our Results Speak for Themselves. Keates Law Firm has a record of dismissals and acquittals in a variety of criminal cases. We are dismissal focused, and we get results.

  • Possession of Marijuana: Dismissed
  • Harassment Offense: Jury Trial: NOT GUILTY
  • Felony Possession of Marijuana/Hashish Dismissed
  • DWI 2nd (Drugs): Dismissed
  • DWI (Alcohol and Drugs): Dismissed
  • Felony Theft of Stolen Property: Dismissed
  • Assault, Bodily Injury: Jury Trial: NOT GUILTY
  • See More Results!


Sec. 49.09. ENHANCED OFFENSES AND PENALTIES.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), an offense under Section 49.04, 49.05, 49.06, or 49.065 is a Class A misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 30 days, if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the person has previously been convicted one time of an offense relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.


Penalties for DWI
Level of Offense Punishment
Class C Misdemeanor Not Jailable, No more than $500 fines
Class B Misdemeanor Not more than 180 days in a county jail, and/or no more than $2,000 fines
Class A Misdemeanor Not more than 1 year in a county jail, and/or no more than $4,000 fines
3rd Degree Felony 2-10 Years in Prison, and/or no more than $10,000 fines

What Our Clients are Saying

"He was more than prepared and encouraged going to trial on the DWI. Robert has truly surpassed all expectations and I highly recommend his services!" -Laura W.
"DWI dismissed. Paid $75 for a reduced traffic ticket, and was done! No jail, no probation, no comunity service. I absolutley recommend Robert. -Jonathan P.

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