In an example of exactly why every charge for DWI should be taken as seriously as possible by those charged. A man from Weatherford Texas was sentenced to life in prison by a Texas judge after he plead guilty to his tenth DWI.
While a first time offender of a simple DWI is not in danger of such an extreme sentence, every additional charge of DWI carries with it more serious penalties. That is why each charge for DWI should be vigorously defended, because you never know what circumstances will be in the future if you are charged again, and then face more serious penalties.
What Happened in This Case
According to the reports in this case, the man handed down the sentence for life to a 62 year-old man. He was allegedly serving a sentence for DWI when he cut his monitor and left the state for Colorado. There, he was again arrested for DWI, and after he finished his sentence he had to deal with Texas courts again. It was after that when the judge gave him a sentence of life.
To be convicted of DWI ten times in a lifetime is rare, and now this man is facing the consequences. But according to reports, he will have the chance to be paroled after serving 15 years of his sentence. That would be in 2031 when he is 77 years old.
Defending Your DWI Case in Texas
As this case exemplifies, each DWI charge a person receives in Texas is serious. A first offense carries penalties ranging from a fine of to $2,000 to spending 180 days in jail. But the second and third offenses carry much more serious penalties. If convicted of DWI a third time, a person would face up to ten years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Any of these penalties would have devastating effects on anybody’s life. It would likely result in loss of work and promotion opportunities, permanently disrupt personal finances, and hurt relationships with close friends and family. But in some instances, these negative consequences can be avoided.
The single most important decision you will make after being charged with DWI is who you hire to be your attorney. A good DWI defense attorney has the experience and knowledge in defending DWI cases to know and understand which defenses are most applicable to your case. In every DWI case there is a paper trail, witnesses, and other evidence that should be used in a way that defends against your charges. Sometimes that might end in appropriate plea negotiations, and sometimes it might end in trial. But the difference maker is always based on what legal counsel you get from your attorney.
At the Wilder DWI Defense Firm, our team of dedicated professionals has the experience and knowledge that your case deserves. If you or someone you love is currently charged with DWI in the Dallas, Texas area, contact us. We look forward to helping you and providing you with the legal counsel your case needs and deserves.