In Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), can be charged as a felony in circumstances such as when serious bodily harm occurs or a defendant has multiple DWI convictions. If found guilty, you could be facing years in prison, considerable fines, and the suspension of your license. Furthermore, you may be barred from working in certain industries, such as in the government, and your right to own a weapon may be suspended for several years. Do not let a felony conviction hinder your future. Call the Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw, PLLC today and work with our Allen criminal defense attorneys to build a hard-hitting defense.
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In Texas, DWI is typically charged as a misdemeanor, except under conditions which the State of Texas considers to be especially severe. Make no mistake, if you are facing a felony DUI charge, then your future is on the line. When determining the severity of a crime, the prosecution will look at both a driver’s past history of drunk (or drugged) driving, as well as the circumstances of the event.
A DWI may be charged as a felony in the following situations:
The punishments for a felony DWI are also heavily influenced by the factors listed above. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense, you may be facing up to a decade in prison, $10,000 in fines, and a license suspension of up to 2 years. Persons convicted of a felony DWI are also less likely to be eligible for probation than those convicted of a misdemeanor. While the possibility of severe charges can be daunting, a powerhouse defense can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. Our DWI/DUI attorneys can work tirelessly to see that the charges against you are reduced or dropped entirely.
Being charged with a felony or DWI of any kind can be a frightening experience, but if you have found yourself in this situation, it is vital to take action immediately. You will have only 15 days to challenge the resulting license suspension and the sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can help. At the Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw, PLLC, we understand how to examine the case against you and strengthen your defense. Did the responding police officer have probable cause for an arrest? Was there a mistake made in a field sobriety test? Even if you supposedly “failed” an officers tests, our Allen criminal defense attorneys may still be able to help.
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