Most Texas driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are charged as a misdemeanor; however, certain factors could result in a felony drunk-driving charge. If convicted of DWI felony, you will face a number of serious penalties that can threaten your livelihood, your future, and even your freedom. Because there is so much to lose, speaking with an Austin DWI defense lawyer is highly recommended at this critical time.
While a first and second DWI are classified as misdemeanors, you will be charged with a felony for committing a third, fourth, or subsequent impaired driving offense. Other crimes that could result in a felony include causing bodily injury or wrongful death while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; in fact, killing someone in an alcohol-related accident could lead to a vehicular manslaughter charge.
Because felonies are more serious than a misdemeanor offense, you could face increased penalties if convicted of this crime. For example, instead of spending time in jail, the judge could sentence you to a minimum of two years and a maximum of ten years in prison. Other potential consequences include up to $10,000 in court fines, completion of a DWI Intervention program, and mandatory probation.
In addition to criminal consequences, you could face major repercussions in your professional and personal life. Once your auto insurer learns about your felony conviction, your rates may be substantially increased. And, if you are deemed too high risk to insure, your policy could be terminated altogether.
What’s more, being branded as a convicted felon could result in a number of rights being taken away from you. With a felony on your record, you will be unable to work in education or government, own a gun, or even vote. You may also be denied housing in certain apartment complexes and have problems getting a professional license in some fields.
Attorney Ken Gibson understands the stress involved with facing a felony DWI charge in Texas. Thanks to his extensive training and knowledge, he has a proven track record of obtaining the dismissal, acquittal, and reduction of his clients’ charges so they could avoid a life-altering conviction.
To get started on fighting your DWI felony charges, please contact our law office now to make an appointment for your no-cost case evaluation.