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​​​​​​Austin Felony DWI Attorney

Legal Defense for Your DWI Case in Texas

When you are arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas, you will likely face misdemeanor charges. However, in more serious situations, or if you have already been convicted of multiple DWIs in the past, you might be charged with DWI as a felony. Felony charges are no joke, and they can lead to serious, life-altering repercussions. In some cases, felony DWI charges might lead to imprisonment, costly fines, and mandatory community service. If you are facing felony DWI charges, make sure you take immediate action to defend your rights and protect your future.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our criminal defense lawyers in Austin, Texas have ample experience working with 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 can help you each step of the way, from discussing your situation after an arrest to dealing with your administrative hearing and court appearances, we are here for you.

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Felony DWI for Multiple DWI Convictions

When someone is arrested for driving while intoxicated, they will be charged with either a misdemeanor offense or felony offense, depending on the situation and whether or not the individual has a record of past DWI convictions. The third DWI is charged as a 3rd-degree felony in Texas and is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines, driver’s license suspension for up to 2 years, and between 2 and 10 years of imprisonment. If someone is charged with any additional DWI charges after their third, they could be charged with a 2nd-degree felony, which is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines, a 2-year license suspension, and between 25 years or life in prison.

Other Felony DWI Charges

In some situations, individuals can be charged with DWI as a felony if other factors were at play. Of a person arrested for DWI also caused serious bodily injury to another person, they could be charged with a 3rd-degree felony. This crime, referred to as intoxication assault in Texas, could lead to a maximum of $10,000 in fines, between 2-10 years in prison, and driver’s license suspension for at least 180 days, but up to 2 years.

If someone was killed in a DWI accident in Texas, the driver could be charged with a 2nd-degree felony, which is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines, between 2 and 10 years in prison, and driver’s license suspension for at least 180 days, but up to 2 years.

Drivers can face DWI felony charges if a child under the age of 15 was also in the vehicle. The penalties for this crime are similar to those of 2nd-degree felony charges, but the jail time may be decreased to 6 months.

Let Our Firm Help You

DWI charges can do more than just put you in jail, it can disrupt your professional life, cost you a fortune in fines, and seriously harm your personal relationships. At our firm, we understand what is at stake, and it is our goal to have your charges dropped or minimized and to obtain a reduced sentence on your behalf. We have a thorough understanding of DWI laws in Texas and we want to help you fight your felony charges. Our attorneys represent individuals from Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, and the surrounding areas in Texas.

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    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

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    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

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