The first time you are charged with DWI, it will be a misdemeanor charge, with relatively small fines and at most six months of jail time. However, the penalties for second-time DWI charges are much more severe, and increase the potential for felony DWI charges to be brought against you. Unlike misdemeanor charges, if you are convicted of a felony you face prison time from 2 to 10 years. To maximize your chances of avoiding prison when you are charged with felony DWI, it is imperative for you to have an aggressive, seasoned DWI attorney by your side in court.
Rationale for Bringing Felony DWI Charges
When you have been arrested multiple times for DWI, you begin to be viewed by the court as a hazard to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. To get you off the streets and reduce the alleged risk you pose to yourself and others, the prosecutor might bring felony charges against you if you continue to be arrested for DWI. John M. Cook understands that being accused of a felony DWI does not mean that your are guilty, and will fight as hard for your rights as he would on his own behalf, beginning with an attempt to preserve your driving privileges while you await dismissal, a reduction in charges, or trial.
Three Types of Felony DWI Charges
There are three categories of felony Texas DWI charges: third degree felony DWI, second degree felony DWI, and state jail felony DWI. You can be charged with third degree felony DWI if you have two prior DWI convictions or if your DWI results in bodily injury to another person. If you are convicted of third degree felony DWI, you face from two to ten years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and the loss of driving privileges for an extended period of time.
Second-degree felony DWI charges are brought when your driving causes the death of another while driving drunk. A conviction of second-degree felony DWI may result in a minimum of two years in prison, but your sentence can be as much as 20 years. You will also face a $10,000 fine and a face a permanent revocation of your license.
If you are arrested for DWI and there is a minor under the age of 15 in the car, in addition to facing a $10,000 fine you will be charged with a state jail felony. State jail felony convictions come with a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years, and your license will be suspended or revoked.
The Dallas Texas Law Offices of John M. Cook Can Help You
Attorney John M. Cook understands that you are a human being, not just “a criminal.” No matter what charges you are facing, John M. Cook can help you face the accusations with confidence. His defense strategy is an organic, universal approach based on his years not only as a defense attorney, but as a police officer and prosecutor. John M. Cook has a history of proven results, and his clients facing DWI charges have wonderful things to say about him. Former clients have made comments like:
“I was arrested for a DWI by very unprofessional cops. John tore apart the prosecution and had my breathalyzer evidence dropped due to coercion.” (Posted by KAB)
“John did an excellent job defending me on a dwi case that involved blood evidence….. In the hearing he destroyed the state's witnesses by identifying many failures in the procedures that they followed. His attention to specific details in the arrest records allowed him to, in my opinion, make the witnesses look like bumbling idiots. Apparently the state thought the same and they quickly dropped all the charges against me. I would recommend him to anyone going through this nightmare.”
“When people ask me for a recommendation for an attorney, that handles DWI or criminal cases, John Cook is the first and only name I give. I really believe that when I engage John, I have already won.” (Posted by Carter)
Call the Dallas Texas Law Office of John M. Cook Today
If you are facing felony DWI charges in or around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you need the best attorney possible by your side, helping you fight a conviction. If you are facing felony DWI charges, call 214-521-6679 today, or email Mr. Cook for a free initial consultation.