Were you recently arrested for a suspected DWI felony? If so, you might be facing felony charges, conviction, and penalties for a DWI offense that can damage you, your family, and even your employment. A Lewisville felony DWI lawyer may be able to help minimize the personal, social, and professional damage a conviction could cause.
In Texas, a felony DWI conviction could mean:
- Your voting privileges are lost
- Your driving privileges are lost
- Your housing options can be limited
- Your employment options can be limited
- Your community standing can be diminished
To limit the damage of a felony DWI conviction in Lewisville, contact the client intake team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg by calling (214) 696-9253. Find out how our team can help you recover from an arrest for a DWI felony and get your life back on track.
Know What Kind of Penalties You Face for a Felony DWI Conviction in Lewisville
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is always a serious offense in Lewisville that can result in substantial penalties and fines. Many cases of DWI are punishable by jail time. According to the Texas Penal Code § 49.04, a DWI becomes a felony when:
- The DWI accident caused injuries to other people
- There was a child passenger in your vehicle
- The DWI accident causes another person’s death
- The DWI accident results in injuries to or death of a firefighter or EMT
- The DWI accident results in injuries to or death of a peace officer or judge
People may also get charged with a felony if the DWI accident leads to another person getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You may review the details of your arrest, any extenuating circumstances, and actual or pending criminal charges you are facing with a legal representative at our law firm. Our team can help you explore the ways you can limit the damage of a felony DWI conviction.
Penalties for Felony Convictions in Texas
The penalties you face for a felony conviction in Texas can result in significant financial penalties and long periods of absence from your family and friends during incarceration. According to the Texas Penal Code § 12.32-12.34, the penalties for felony convictions of varying degrees may include:
- First-degree felonies: You may be sentenced up to life imprisonment and with $10,000 in fines.
- Second-degree felonies: You may be sentenced to two to 20 years of imprisonment and with $10,000 in fines.
- Third-degree felonies: You may be sentenced to two to 10 years of imprisonment and with $10,000 in fines.
- State jail felonies: You may be sentenced to 180 days to two years of imprisonment and with $10,000 in fines.
Your lawyer may explain the specific penalties you might be facing and your options for mitigating the potential damage to your life, lifestyle, family, and career. Your lawyer may also explain how the pending penalties might be lessened with a plea bargain, which may result in reduced charges and penalties.
How We Help Fight a Felony DWI Conviction
A felony DWI conviction affects more than you. It can also mean the loss of your employment—especially if you are a commercial driver—which might mean you could struggle to financially support yourself and your family.
If you are facing a felony DWI conviction, our team can go to work right away. We may implement certain strategies to limit the damage of a felony conviction onto your personal and professional life. For instance, we may:
- Challenge the probable cause of your arrest
- Challenge the validity of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results
- Negotiate a reduction in the charges you face
- Negotiate a plea bargain to reduce jail time
- Avoid the damage of a felony conviction on your record
- Help retain your personal and commercial driving privileges
- Avoid damage to your personal and commercial driving record
- Continually update you on the progress of your criminal case
We may review your case to ensure your rights were not violated before, during, or after your arrest, and that you do not face these charges and possible penalties on your own. Our team will support you in your fight against a felony DWI conviction.
Contact the criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg by calling (214) 696-9253 to find out what a Lewisville felony DWI lawyer may be able to do to lessen the impact of your arrest.
Avoid Putting Yourself at Risk After a DWI Arrest
Even if you are facing criminal charges, you still have rights that must be honored and protected. You can help limit the damage of a DWI arrest and the possible penalties you face simply by remaining silent. You have the right to remain silent, and police are required to inform you of this right.
You do not have to answer any questions or make any statements to Lewisville police until you have requested a lawyer and your lawyer is present. If your rights were not read to you in full and in a language that you were able to easily understand, our team should know about it right away.
You should also inform a member of our team immediately if you request a lawyer, and police continue to question you without your lawyer present. You should also inform us right away if the police refuse to allow you to contact your legal team, or if you believe there was no probable cause for your arrest.
You Are Not Alone—Our Team Is Here to Help
If you were arrested for a felony DWI and are facing criminal and financial penalties, you do not have to fight the charges against you on your own. Our team is here to help and ensure your rights do not get violated.
Find out how a Lewisville felony DWI lawyer may be able to help limit the damage to your personal and professional reputation while helping you retain your driving privileges. Contact the client intake team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg by calling (214) 696-9253 today.