Felony DWI: Important Things You Must Know

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DWI or Driving While Intoxicated is one of the most common violations in the United States. While the many violations are harmless, there are also many that had caused severe bodily injuries and even death. Also, there are many times when properties are destroyed, and the outcome often causes stress and more problems to the drunk driver.  

Many questions are arising on the severity of punishment for those convicted violators. The truth is that the consequences are different based on the severity of the violation as well as a result. A DWI charge may get counted as a misdemeanor only; however, it can also get counted as a felony. DWI misdemeanor and DWI Texas felony are determined based on different factors.

DWI Misdemeanor

Under normal circumstances, your first and second conviction is a misdemeanor charge and will follow the provisions of the law under misdemeanor. For your first DWI violation, you may get charged a maximum of $2000 plus imprisonment of a maximum of six months. The consequences of your second are higher than the first one. Your fine may reach up to $4000 and jail time of a maximum of one year.

DWI Felony

There are certain conditions when DWI is counted as a felony.

Third Offense

Your third DWI conviction is no longer counted as a misdemeanor; instead, you will get penalized per the underwritings of a felony. Thus, it is advisable not to try reaching this level as it will not just ruin your reputation, but it could also ruin your career, finances and your future.

Intoxication Assault

The allowable Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) is 0.08 percent. If you exceed that level, it is advisable not to drive anymore. And even if you haven’t reached that level, avoid driving when you have alcohol in your body. It can lead you to different kinds of trouble. When your drunk driving caused severe harm to someone, even if it is your first DWI offense, it will get counted as a felony. Therefore, practice the utmost care when driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Manslaughter

Most of the time, it happens so fast, you won’t even have time to think. But accidentally killing someone because you are driving drunk will give you a felony charge. There are hundreds of instances in history where good people end up rotting in jail because of a small mistake. Do not try to gamble your life and your future driving when drunk since you might regret it for the rest of your life. It is best to be careful than have regrets. The court will base everything on evidence and not on your reason why the accident happened.

Child Passenger

One cardinal rule you have to remember, never take in any passengers when you are driving drunk, especially children. When you are caught drunk driving with kids ages sixteen years and under, you will get charged for DWI felony. You are endangering their lives by taking them in your ride while drunk.  

If you need assistance with any DWI related trouble, visit our law firm so we could offer you our support.

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