Oftentimes, perpetrators are unaware that their license is suspended when they’re pulled over by an officer. Regardless of whether individuals are aware of their suspensions or not, there are penalties. The first time you’re caught driving with a suspended license, you can be penalized with an extended suspension period and a fine of up to $500. However, if you cause an accident while driving with a suspended license, you could spend up to a year in jail and face upwards of $4,000 in fines.
Driving while intoxicated endangers not only your life, but the lives of those around you as well. When charged with a DWI, it means that you are accused of either operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher or while impaired by drugs. There are different classifications when it comes to a DWI—charges can be more severe if, for example, there was a minor in the vehicle or if someone was seriously harmed or killed.
Just like cocaine and heroin, possession of methamphetamine is treated as a felony in Texas, regardless of the amount. Possessing under a gram is a state jail felony that can get you a prison term from 180 days to two years, and anything beyond 200 grams will get you 99 years in prison. Charges are similar if offenders are charged with possession with the intent to distribute.