Felony DWI Lawyer in San Antonio

Defense Against Felony DWI Charges

The crime of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is usually counted as a misdemeanor; however, this offense can be considered a felony in certain types of situations. Felony charges are extremely serious. Not only can they lead to prison time, but they can also create a great amount of damage to the accused person's record and future opportunities.

There are multiple scenarios in which DWI can be counted as a felony in the state of Texas, including:

  • Third or Subsequent DWI Offense: The offender has at least two previous DWI convictions.
  • DWI with Child Passenger: A child under the age of 15 was in the vehicle at the time of the offense.
  • Intoxication Assault: The DWI resulted in the serious bodily injury of another person.
  • Intoxication Manslaughter: The DWI resulted in the death of another person.

The elevated seriousness of felony DWI charges makes it all the more crucial for defendants to have a strong line of defense in their cases. Don't let yourself go unprotected if you are facing these types of charges. My law firm, the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, can provide you with aggressive defense against your criminal allegations. I am a San Antonio DWI attorney who has experience on both the defense side and the prosecution side of the criminal justice system.

What are the penalties for felony DWI?

The penalties you could be facing for felony DWI depend on the specific allegations you are facing. The offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under the age of 15 is a state jail felony, which is punishable (upon conviction) by 180 days to two years of confinement in state jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Third DWI offenses and intoxication assault offenses are both considered third-degree felonies, which can lead to sentences of 2 to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Intoxication manslaughter is among the most serious types of DWI-related offenses, as it is counted a second-degree felony. This offense can potentially result in a sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000. (Furthermore, a regular DWI offense following an intoxication manslaughter conviction will be counted as a third-degree felony.) There are also various factors that can cause these DWI offenses to result in even harsher penalties.

Contact a San Antonio DWI defense lawyer today!

When you are at risk of receiving such serious penalties, it is not worth to take a gamble on your future by failing to secure strong legal representation. Contact Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski and get tough legal representation for your felony DWI case. Whether you are seeking a full acquittal of your charges or you are seeking a favorable deal with prosecutors, I can help you take steps to protect your best interests!

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