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A DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrest in Texas generally leads to misdemeanor charges. However, in more serious situations, such as having previous DWI convictions, you may be charged with a felony DWI. Felony charges are a serious legal matter, as they can lead to severe life-altering consequences such as imprisonment, costly fines, and mandatory community service. If you are facing felony DWI charges in or around Austin, it is strongly advised that you take immediate action to defend your rights and protect your future by hiring a knowledgeable and experienced defense lawyer

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our Austin felony defense team has ample experience in handling felony DWI cases. We understand the complexities of Texas DWI laws, and we know precisely which legal methods work best when building an ironclad defense. Our team includes former prosecutors who have a thorough grip on how the state will work against you in search of a conviction and can use that insight to fight back. From the start of your case until its conclusion, we will be with you every step of the way, from discussing your situation after an arrest to dealing with your administrative hearing and court appearances.

Arrested? Call our firm at (512) 359-3743 to schedule a free case evaluation with an Austin felony DWI lawyer today. Available 24/7.

Felony DWI for Multiple DWI Convictions in Texas

If you are charged with a Texas DWI as a first or second offense within the last 10 years, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. While all Texas DWIs can cause potentially serious penalties, misdemeanor convictions impose less harsh consequences than felonies.

A third DWI within 10 years in Texas will generally be charged as a third-degree felony carrying the following potential penalties:

  • A state prison term of from 2 to up to 10 years
  • Fines of up to $10,000 plus additional costs and fees
  • Up to 600 hours of community service
  • Ignition interlock device to be installed and maintained in your vehicle at your expense
  • A driver’s license suspension of up to 2 years
  • Substance abuse treatment and/or program
  • Attendance at a DWI Impact Panel in which victims relate their stories of loss due to drunk drivers

In a subsequent DWI (fourth within 10 years), you may be charged with a second-degree felony punishable by 25 years up to life in prison, up to $10,000 in fines plus court costs, and a 2-year driver’s license suspension.

Once convicted, you will likely face a future with the stigma of a felony as well as a DWI record. Your permanent criminal record will be accessible on a routine background check that can make future employment, housing, qualification for professional licenses, or education aid difficult to obtain. If you are a non-citizen, you may face immigration consequences.

Texas DWI Causing Injury Penalties

You can also be charged with a third-degree felony if you seriously injure someone due to driving while intoxicated. Under Texas law, this offense is referred to as intoxication assault.

It is punishable by:

  • 2 to 10 years in prison,
  • Up to $10,000 in fines, and
  • Driver’s license suspension of 180 days to up to 2 years

Texas DWI Causing Death Penalties

If your intoxicated driving results in the death of another person, you will face a second-degree felony known as intoxication manslaughter. The other person can be another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. The death does not have to occur instantly.

Penalties include:

  • 2 to 20 years in prison,
  • up to $10,000 in fines, and
  • Driver’s license suspension of 180 days to up to 2 years

Texas DWI with a Child in the Vehicle Penalties

If you are found driving while intoxicated with a minor under 15 years of age in the vehicle, you will face state jail felony charges. The penalties for this offense are similar to those of second-degree felony charges, but the jail time may be decreased to 6 months.

Why You Need Smith & Vinson Law Firm

DWI charges can do more than just put you in jail. They can disrupt your professional life, cost you a fortune in fines, seriously harm your personal relationships, and haunt you long into the future. At our firm, we understand what is at stake, and we will work toward a favorable outcome in your case, such as getting charges dropped or minimized or a sentence reduced. With our thorough understanding of DWI law and a drive to provide outstanding legal service, your case will be in fighting hands. Our DWI attorneys represent individuals from Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, and the surrounding areas.

Contact us online or at (512) 359-3743 today to speak with a Austin felony DWI lawyer.

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