Travis County Felony DWI Lawyer
If you've been charged with a felony DWI, you're likely worried about how it will impact your future. It's a serious charge, and if convicted, you face steep fines, jail time, and a suspended license. Additionally, a felony conviction means you won't be able to vote in elections or own a firearm. You might even have trouble getting jobs and places to live with a felony on your record.
You can alleviate some of your stress by scheduling a free consultation with our Travis County felony DWI lawyer. Once you have a lawyer on the case, you'll feel in control and prepared to formulate your defense.
What Is a Felony DWI?
You can get charged with a felony DWI if:
- You've had at least two previous DWI convictions
- A child under 15 was in the car with you at the time of the arrest
- You were charged with intoxicated assault or intoxicated manslaughter
Since being charged is not the same thing as a conviction, contact our Travis County felony DWI lawyer for a free consultation. The evidence might lead to a dismissal, or your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to attempt to reduce the charges.
Felony DWI Penalties
If you're convicted of a felony DWI, you'll be charged with a fine of up to $10,000, and your license will be suspended. You also might have additional penalties, depending on the nature of your case.
For instance, if the felony charge is a result of two prior DWI convictions, the judge can send you to prison for 2-10 years. On the other hand, if you were charged with a felony because a passenger under the age of 15 was in your car while you were arrested, the judge can sentence you to 180 days to two years in a state jail facility.
You can be charged with a felony DWI for intoxicated assault as well. This means that someone was injured as a result of the accident, and the penalties include 2-10 years in prison.
Finally, intoxicated manslaughter is the most serious of the felony DWI charges. It includes a prison sentence of 2-20 years.
Your Travis County felony DWI lawyer will attempt to get the charges dismissed or reduced, so you don't have to deal with these life-changing penalties. Reach out today for a free consultation with felony DWI defense attorney Jason S. English.
Felony DWI Defenses
Your Travis County felony DWI defense lawyer will review the evidence before building a case. There are numerous potential defenses, including issues with field sobriety, blood, or breathalyzer tests.
Other defense options include violations of your constitutional rights, inaccurate witness testimony, and more. Begin the process by contacting our Travis County felony DWI lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your case. After evaluating the evidence, your lawyer will formulate your defense strategy. If the case against you is weak, that might include working with the prosecutor to get the charges dismissed or reduced.
DUI VS. Felony DWI
The state of Texas charges minors with driving under the influence (DUI). If you're an adult, you'll be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). While it's possible to get charged with a misdemeanor DWI, you'll face a felony if you've had two previous convictions, were arrested with a child under the age of 15 in the car, or meet another condition. Felony DWIs come with stiff penalties, so contact our attorney today. During your confidential consultation, you'll speak one-on-one with our Travis County felony DWI lawyer.
Restrictions When Charged With A Felony DWI
The court can impose restrictions while your felony DWI case is pending. This might include installing and using an ignition interlock device and abstaining from alcohol. It's even possible that the court will prevent you from driving until your case is decided. Your Travis County felony DWI lawyer can present evidence to convince the judge to limit the restrictions while the case is pending. Additionally, your attorney will develop a strategy to fight the charges inside and outside of court.