DWI with Injury
Charged with intoxication assault?
In Texas, if you are found to have caused serious bodily injury to another while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could be charged with intoxication assault. This means that the injured party is at a substantial risk of death or serious, permanent disfigurement. This also includes prolonged loss or impairment of any part of the functions of the body.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010 in the United States. This number represents 32% of all motor crash fatalities in an average year, and these crashes cost our society more than $230 billion every year. It is for this reason and others that DWI with injury charges are prosecuted so heavily under Texas law.
As intoxication assault involving a DWI with injury is a third degree felony, the penalties are very harsh. You could be fined as much as $10,000, and your license will be suspended from 180 days to 2 years. You may face anywhere from 2 to 10 years in jail. A Houston DWI attorney should be consulted immediately if you have been charged with a DWI involving injury to another, as it is important to protect your rights from the moment you are arrested.
Defending Your Rights
You should not risk your defense by engaging the services of an inexperienced attorney. You have much to lose if the maximum penalties are enforced. At Chernoff Law, one of our partners is board certified in criminal law and we are committed to giving our clients the high-quality help that our combined years of experience can provide. We fight tirelessly to protect their rights after being charged with this felony offense.
There are numerous circumstances surrounding any felony DWI charge. A detailed investigation should be conducted by a qualified lawyer and all evidence needs to be scrutinized. There may be factors, which after being brought into the open, could alter the outcome of your case to your benefit. The prosecuting attorney for your case will be working to ensure that you receive the maximum penalties and it is crucial that your DWI attorney has the experience necessary to defend you under such circumstances. By challenging the breath test result or by proving that the field sobriety tests were not conducted in the right manner, you may be able to reduce or dismiss your charges.