Felony DWI Attorney in Dallas
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Texas enforces some of the harshest driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) laws in the nation. While any type of DWI allegation has the potential to significantly threaten a defendant's professional career and personal well-being, when these crimes are elevated and prosecuted as felony offenses, the criminal consequences and repercussions can be life-altering. If you or your loved one currently stands accused of a felony DWI, place your trust in a firm that has a proven record of success protecting the rights, freedoms, and futures of clients facing such serious allegations.
Although standard DWI charges are typically prosecuted as misdemeanors, there are a few ways in which felony charges may arise. These include:
Prior DWI Convictions
Under Texas law, a 3rd DWI offense can subject defendants to felony charges. Any combination of two prior DWIs will be sufficient grounds for a felony DWI charge. This includes boating while intoxicated and flying while intoxicated.
DWI with Child Passenger
According to § 49.045 of the Texas Penal Code, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger is a felony offense. A person commits this offense if they are operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in a public place and have a passenger younger than the age of 15. A state jail felony, this charge carries penalties that include fines of up to $10,000 and terms of imprisonment that range from a minimum of 180 days to two years.
Intoxication Assault (DWI Injury)
DWIs resulting in the injury of another person are prosecuted as felony offenses. Under §49.07 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits this offense if they cause serious bodily injury to another while operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or amusement ride while intoxicated. Serious bodily injury is defined as any injury that creates a significant risk of death or that causes permanent disfigurement or physical impairment. A third-degree felony, intoxication assault is punishable by large fines and terms of imprisonment ranging from a minimum of two years to a maximum of 10 years.
Intoxication Manslaughter (DWI Resulting in Death)
The most serious felony DWI allegation one can face, intoxication manslaughter involves the death of another person as the result of operating any motorized vehicle while intoxicated. This charge is prosecuted as a second-degree felony and is punishable by terms of imprisonment that range from a minimum of two years to as many as 20 years.
It must be stressed that as felony offenses, all of these charges pack debilitating penalties and repercussions that can forever alter the scope of your life. When certain aggravating circumstances are involved, particularly if you have prior DWI convictions on your criminal record, you may also face heightened charges and enhanced penalties. Whatever the nature of your allegation may be, you should be intent on retaining the representation of a proven Dallas DWI attorney from our firm.
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Attorney Thomas A. D'Amore has helped establish our firm as a highly experienced practice centered on the clients we serve. A former prosecutor who draws from his nearly two decade tenure with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office when representing clients, Attorney D'Amore brings an unrivaled level of insight to our firm that is hard to find elsewhere. Equipped with the skills, experience, and determination needed to defend you against these serious felony DWI charges, our firm is the right choice for anyone in need of proven legal representation.
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