Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

“Does the Austin DWI Task Force have arrest quotas?”

I get asked this semi-frequently by folks recently arrested for DWI. I can tell you that the officers will testify, under oath, that there is not.

And, depending on the definition of the word “quota”, that may or may not be true.

It’s almost definitely true that

I was arrested for the first time ever last weekend for DWI. The police officer stated I didn’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign and that’s why he pulled me over. I thought I did OK on the field sobriety tests but was arrested. Scared and nervous, but I did about as well

My boyfriend was recently charged with DWI with a Child Passenger in Midland, TX. When he was pulled over, he performed several field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath test.

The arresting officer didn’t state whether he passed or failed and stated he "refused to blow" in his final report. And, an additional breath

Hello Mr. Spencer,

I had a question about an "open container" charge. My wife and I came to visit Dallas, Tx from Oklahoma. We wanted something fun to do so we went to a club. 

When we arrived, we saw two cops on bicycles. They flashed the light on us and did the regular cop thing. All

   Hello, Mr. Spencer, I am a very concerned Texan about a DWI charge with a deferred adjudication given back in Nov. 1998 when I was 19 years old. That has been more than eight years ago. When I got a copy of my criminal history I learned that the arrest was made but when it came to

How much does it cost to be convicted of DWI in Texas? As usual, the answer here varies but let me take a crack at it anyway…

First we’ll assume this is a first time arrest, no collision, basic DWI that a defendant pleads guilty to in Austin.

The fine for a Class B misdemeanor DWI