Denton Felony DWI Attorney
Have You Been Arrested for DWI in Texas?
Texas law often treats DWI offenses as a misdemeanor. However, depending on the circumstances of the offense, you could face felony charges. As a result, you could face serious consequences if you are convicted, including the loss of your driver's license, the payment of fines, and even prison time.
At the Law Offices of Tim Powers, we are committed to helping you get the best possible outcome in your case. Do not hesitate to let us evaluate your case, determine your legal options, and defend you from start to finish.
When Does a DWI Become a Felony in Texas?
In Texas, a DWI offense can be classified as a felony under certain circumstances. Typically, a DWI is considered a felony if it is a repeat offense or if it involves certain aggravating factors such as causing serious bodily injury or death. The penalties for felony DWI can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the offense.
Here's a general overview:
Third DW Offense:
- If an individual is convicted of a third DWI offense within a 10-year period, it is considered a third-degree felony.
- Penalties may include a prison sentence ranging from 2 to 10 years and a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
- If a DWI offense involves certain aggravating factors, such as causing serious bodily injury to another person, it can be charged as a second-degree felony.
- Penalties for a second-degree felony DWI may include imprisonment for 2 to 20 years and a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
- If a DWI offense results in the death of another person, the charge may be intoxication manslaughter, which is a second-degree felony in Texas.
- Penalties for intoxication manslaughter can include imprisonment for 2 to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
DWI with a Child Under 15 Years Old in the Vehicle:
- If a DWI offense occurs with a minor passenger who is 14 years old or younger, this can be charged as a state jail felony.
- Penalties include a state jail sentence between 180 days and 2 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Additionally, an offender could face a separate charge of child endangerment.
What Is a Habitual Offender in Texas?
Texas law defines a habitual offender as an individual who has been convicted of two or more DWI offenses within the past ten years. If you are convicted of DWI and you are determined to be a habitual offender, you could face enhanced penalties. The penalties for a habitual offender will depend on the circumstances of the offense as well as the offender's prior criminal history.
If you are convicted of DWI and you are determined to be a habitual offender, you could face enhanced penalties. The penalties for a habitual offender will depend on the circumstances of the offense as well as the offender's prior criminal history.
Contact a Denton Felony DWI Attorney
If you are facing DWI charges, you could face serious consequences if convicted. As a result, you could face the loss of your driver's license and the payment of fines. Additionally, you could face the loss of your job or educational opportunities as a result of the loss of your driver's license. If you are facing DWI charges, contact a Denton felony DWI attorney from our firm to discuss your case.
Contact our Denton felony DWI lawyer by calling the Law Offices of Tim Powers at (940) 580-2899 or by completing our online contact form. We offer free consultations and we will listen to your side of the story.
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