The Texas Department of Transportation reports that a person is hurt or killed due to an alcohol-related crash every 20 minutes in the state of Texas. Drunk driving continues to be a major problem across the nation including Texas despite the harsh fines associated with the crime. A person can be considered legally intoxicated in Texas when their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is .08 or above.
A DWI charge is a Class B misdemeanor, however, it can become a felony when aggravated circumstances are present, meaning someone was hurt or killed as a result of you driving under the influence. When this occurs, the DWI charge will be elevated to intoxication assault, a third-degree felony. In technical terms, it is called a felony DWI.
Intoxication Assault and Texas Law
Under Texas law, a person that commits an intoxication assault when they cause bodily injury to another person while driving, operating a watercraft, operating an aircraft or operating an amusement park ride. When convicted, this intoxication assault charge can result in a jail time of two to 10 years in person and fines of up to $10,000. A person may also be required to do mandatory community service, to install an ignition interlock device in their car, and to face extended probation when they are released from jail.
Hire a Texas Lawyer to Represent You
With an intoxication assault charge, you could face serious issues that require immediate legal help. While every case is different, it’s important to have professional counsel by your side. A skilled and experienced attorney in San Antonio such as Derek W. Emmons will help protect your rights every step of the way. There are many things to consider that could weaken your position. This makes it even more important to speak to an attorney immediately after being charged.
Derek Emmons will provide a free consultation where he listens to the details of your case and answers any questions you may have. To learn more about intoxication assault charges in Texas from an intoxication assault attorney, call 210-226-2800. The Law Office of Derek W. Emmons serves clients in San Antonio and surrounding Texas communities.