Felony DWI in Texas

By Law Offices of Q. Tate Williams, P.C.  Jun. 17, 2013 11:59a

A felony DWI is a serious criminal charge in Texas. This charge can be levied against those arrested for drunk driving who have two or more prior convictions of driving while intoxicated or a prior conviction of intoxication manslaughter. It can also be charged if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated with a minor under the age 15 in the vehicle at the time of your arrest. If you are involved in a serious accident in which someone else is injured or killed due to driving while intoxicated, you also face the prospect of being charged with a felony DWI.

The penalties for a felony DWI conviction are severe. They include imprisonment, heavy fines and court costs, the suspension of your driver's license, and vehicle impoundment. Other restrictive conditions also may be included, such as ignition interlock devices. Bond conditions also may be very restrictive, such as house arrest, alcohol testing, and curfews. A third offense DWI is charged as a third-degree felony with fines of up to $10,000 and a prison term of 2 to 10 years along with a 2-year license suspension. If ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle once you are allowed to drive again, you will have to pay for the installation and monthly maintenance of the device yourself.

Harris County experienced 2,669 total crashes in 2011. Houston experienced 1,512 in the same year. In 2011, the state of Texas experienced 2,571 traffic crashes that were related to alcohol and / or drug-impaired driving. This resulted in more than 3,000 deaths on Texas roads and highways.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston, Texas

Anyone facing DWI charges in Texas should seek the experienced legal help of an attorney who focuses on DWI defense in the local courts. Your life can be seriously impacted by a DWI conviction. Your freedom, your wallet, and your ability to get to school or work will be affected in a major way. At the Law Offices of Q. Tate Williams, P.C., you can rely on the criminal defense skills and experience of an attorney who truly cares about your future.

Attorney Williams has more than a decade of legal experience handling cases in both state and federal courts in the Houston area. He gets personally involved in every case and ensures that you fully understand the legal process while he works diligently to help you arrive at the best outcome. He takes special concern with DWI and felony DWI cases and is very familiar with challenging breath and blood tests in court. Contact his firm to speak to him in a free case consultation about your arrest and charges. Learn what can be done to defend you with effective legal strategies.

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