DWI: Felony Offenses

Felony DWI offenses are harshly prosecuted in the state of Texas resulting in defendants that are convicted of their crimes being sentenced to long-term incarceration in Texas prisons.

Felony DWI charges fall under four distinct categories;

  • most third DWI offenses,
  • cases in which an assault occurred as a result of driving while intoxicated,
  • cases in which a homicide occurs as a result of DWI; intoxication manslaughter,
  • and DWI cases with the added component of there being a child in the vehicle.

If you are arrested for a criminal charge of this magnitude, it’s important to realize your Fifth Amendment right to abstain from making statements which may be used to incriminate you. When your case is in  litigation there is no telling how jurors may respond or react during deliberations to things the prosecution will say that you said, which may be admitted into evidence.

Penalties If Convicted Of Felony DWI In Texas

With the exception of DWI cases in which a child passenger is present in the vehicle at the time the driver was arrested for DWI, which is a state jail felony punishable by prison sentence of six months to two years, all other felony DWI charges will result in a sentence which will be carried out in a prison operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Prison sentences can range anywhere from two years to 10 years to life. Of course this depends on the judge, the effectiveness of your criminal defense attorney, and attitudes of jurors in the event that your case goes to trial, your criminal history, details of the case, and more.

Additional Information

The information contained herein is merely a brief overview of Texas criminal law as it relates to felony DWI cases. If you’re facing an approaching court date you should contact a licensed Texas DWI lawyer that has a record of successfully representing their clients.

We recommend Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A Nelson to people who are seeking information about Texas law as it relates to DWI, possible DWI defense strategies, and for people are seeking a qualified defense attorney to represent them in the court of law.

If you’ve been charged with a DWI offense in the Houston area, we recommend that you make contact with an attorney as soon as possible.

You can also send us a message which we will relay to one of the barristers that we work with on a normal basis.