When a DWI results in the injury of a third party, it is called intoxication assault and the Texas penal code considers it to be one of the most serious DWI crimes. When intoxication assault occurs, victims sustain some serious injury, disfigurement, or bodily impairment at the risk of death. In most cases concerning DWI with an injury, the injured party is another driver or a public bystander harmed by the accused’s car. However, in some cases, it could be a passenger in the accused’s own vehicle.
Obviously, any incident in which people are hurt is a serious matter, and DWI with injury charges are harsh enough to turn a defendant’s life upside down and permanently haunt their personal record. That’s why intoxication assault charges absolutely call for an experienced Plano DWI attorney.
The State of Texas classifies intoxication assault as a third-degree felony and, as such, comes with some of the most serious consequences the state statues enforces for DWI.
Penalties for DWI with injury can include:
Furthermore, DWI convictions are often subject to additional conditions in sentencing. These can include alcohol treatment, restitution, and interlock device installation in your automobile.
Facing DWI charges can be a frightening prospect, especially when someone else has been harmed—but you don’t have to face them alone. At The Wilder Firm, we’ve defended countless individuals facing DWI charges and have guided our clients towards the best possible outcome time and time again. That’s what a combined 20 years of experience offers to each case that comes through our doors.