A person who is arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) will face misdemeanor charges that can result in some very stiff consequences. However, if an allegedly intoxicated motorist causes an accident that results in serious bodily injury to another person, then that driver could be charged with the felony offense of intoxication assault.
While most drivers in these cases certainly did not intend to cause injuries to other parties, prosecutors take the charges very seriously and pursue the maximum punishments. For this reason, it is critical to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested for this offense.
If you have been charged with causing serious bodily injury to another person because you were driving under the influence, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today. You need to request an administrative license suspension hearing within 15 days to get your driver’s license back if you either refused to submit to chemical testing or failed a breath or blood test.
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Under Texas Penal Code § 49.07, a person commits this offense when he or she, by accident or mistake, operates a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and by reason of the intoxication causes serious bodily injury to another party. For the purposes of this law, serious bodily injury is defined as an injury that “creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.”
This crime is classified as a third-degree felony, but there are aggravating factors that may trigger enhanced charges and penalties. The offense may be classified as a second-degree felony in either of the following scenarios:
It is extremely important to understand that these cases do not necessarily need to involve multiple vehicles. People are commonly charged with this offense in single-vehicle accidents resulting in serious injuries to a passenger who might be a friend or family member of the driver. Even if the alleged victim does not want to press charges, the decision to pursue a DWI assault case is actually made by the state.
If a person is convicted of DWI assault, the possible punishments are fairly severe. Depending on the specific classification of the offense, some of the consequences can include:
In addition to the penalties listed above, the court may also impose additional punishments that could include any of the following:
In addition to being arrested for DWI assault, an alleged offender may also be charged with additional crimes. A few examples of common offenses that often accompany these assault charges include:
Have you been charged with DWI assault in Denton County? You should immediately seek the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys Richard C. McConathy and Brian A. Bolton.
Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represents clients accused of various drunk driving offenses in Lewisville and nearby areas such as Little Elm, The Colony, and Westlake. Our firm can review your case when you call 940-222-8004 to take advantage of a completely free consultation.