DWI – Third Offense
Persons with two previous arrests for driving while intoxicated on their criminal record may face a 3rd Degree Felony criminal classification for the crime if arrested for drunk driving a third time. However, with an experienced DWI defense lawyer on your side, and depending on the period of time since your last offense, you may qualify for a criminal charge reduction to that of a State Jail Felony or Class A Misdemeanor criminal classification.
If convicted and assessed penalties under 3rd Degree Felony guidelines, criminal penalties include a prison sentence which can last from 2 to 10 years, a fine assessment of up to 10,000.00, and a mandatory Texas Driver License suspension period which can last from 6 months (180 days) to 2 years.
DWI – Felony Cases
“Felony DWI” generally refers to any drunk driving offenses that carries felony charges. These forms of DUI offenses include drunk driving with a minor present, intoxication manslaughter, intoxicated driving incidents which lead to injury, and habitual DWI offenders. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the incident, a defendant can be prosecuted and convicted under State Jail Felony, 2nd Degree Felony, or 3rd Degree Felony guidelines. People have received life sentences for habitual felony DWI charges. If you’re out on bond, and need to talk with a skilled and savvy DWI defense lawyer, contact Attorney Amber Spurlock as soon as possible.
DWI with Minor Present
Defendants facing drunk driving charges with the added component of a child being present will face State Jail Felony charges regardless of whether or not it’s a first offense or not. If convicted, the defendant will face penalties the fall under State Jail Felony guidelines. State Jail Felony convictions carry a prison sentence of 6 months to 2 years, a fine of up to 10,000.00, and that mandatory Texas Driver License suspension period that can last up to two years.
The crime of intoxication manslaughter occurs when a person is killed as a result of the actions of a drunk driver. These are serious felony criminal charges that are classified as 2nd Degree Felony offenses. The penalties for a 2nd degree felony offense includes a fine of up to 10,000.00, a drivers license suspension period which starts after the defendant is released from prison and lasts up to 2 years, and a prison sentence that ranges in length from 2 to 20 years.
A person who causes an injury as a result of drunk driving will face 2nd Degree Felony charges. 2nd Degree Felony charges carry a potential prison sentence of 2 – 10 years, a fine of up to 10,000.00, and driver license suspension for up to 2 years.