Plano Felony DWI Attorney
There are three aggravating circumstances involved in a
DWI charge that could possibly result in the DWI charge being elevated to
a felony charge with enhanced penalties if you are convicted.
They are as follows:
If you have received your third (or more) DWI, you will most likely be
charged with a third degree felony. This can result in up to 10 years
in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
If you were driving while intoxicated with a minor child in your vehicle,
you can face a felony charge.
If you were involved in a DWI accident that resulted in death, you can
face a second degree felony charge, resulting in up to 20 years in prison
and up to $10,000 in fines.
What Constitutes a Felony DWI Charge?
Felony DWIs are the most serious type of offense that can be waged against
an individual who was found to be operating a motor vehicle under the
influence. There are several circumstances that could result in a charge
of felony DWI, but
four of the most common types of offenses include:
Third DWI: In Texas, if an individual is convicted of three or more DWIs, it automatically
becomes a felony. Previously, the law stated that the prior offenses had
to have occurred within a 10-year period of time, but a recent change
in legislature voided this time limitation—making it possible to
be charged with a felony DWI after any three consecutive DWIs.
DWI with Child Passenger: If a driver is found to be guilty of driving under the influence with a
child passenger in the vehicle—any person less than 15 years old—they
will automatically be charged with a state jail felony. Even if it is
a first DWI offense, it will still be a felony.
Intoxication Assault: This type of offense can be waged against any intoxicated driver that has
accidentally caused serious bodily injury to another.
Intoxication Manslaughter: This type of offense applies to any driver who caused the death of another
while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
If a fatality occurred, a driver may also be subject to a forcible blood
extraction, despite refusal.
The Consequences of a Felony DWI
When convicted of a third DWI offense, the punishment for this type of
felony can result in up to
10 years in prison and the required payment of steep fines. Also, if you were involved in
an accident that resulted in a fatality while under the influence of alcohol,
you may be faced with a second degree felony, which could lead to up to
twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A felony conviction
is a life changing event. Getting employment can be difficult as most
employers will not be interested in hiring a convicted felon, so if you
or a family member has been charged with a felony DWI, it is crucial that
you get qualified legal counsel immediately.
Discuss Your Case with a Plano Felony DWI Lawyer
At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, your
criminal defense attorney will draw upon the years of experience and deep and intimate
knowledge of the Texas legal system in order to provide you with a solid
and comprehensive defense. Your freedom is very important to us and your
attorney will do everything possible to protect those freedoms and rights.
Contact a Plano felony DWI Lawyer at The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.