San Antonio Felony DWI Lawyers
Defending Clients Against Felony DWI Charges
The majority of people arrested for impaired driving in Texas will be charged with misdemeanors. In cases of more serious circumstances, however, a driver may face felony charges. Examples of felony DWI cases include those involving drivers with previous DWI convictions or where a driver has been involved in an accident causing injury. Felony charges are a serious matter that can lead to life-changing consequences such as imprisonment, heavy fines, probation, and court-ordered community service. If you have been charged with a felony DWI, it is essential that you involve a reliable attorney immediately to defend your rights and protect your freedom and future.
At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our San Antonio felony DWI attorneys have the experience and skills you need at this critical time. We fully understand all of the complexities of the law in this field and we have a precise knowledge of the legal strategies that work when building an effective defense. Our team can help you at every phase of your felony DWI case, from an initial discussion of your arrest to handling your administrative hearing to each and every court appearance. From day one, we are in your corner providing the legal support you need.
What Leads to a Texas Felony DWI Case?
Felony DWI charges may result from:
- Being convicted of a third or subsequent DWI
- Causing serious bodily injury to another as a result of impaired driving
- Causing the death of another as a result of impaired driving
- Driving while impaired with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle
Penalties for a third DWI charged as a third-degree felony may include two to 10 years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, and a two-year license suspension. A fourth DWI may be charged as a second-degree felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison along with a similar fine and suspension as the third-degree felony conviction.
Similar penalties accrue for those convicted of second- or third-degree felonies in the cases of injury, fatality, or a minor in the vehicle with the exception of potentially decreased license suspension times and decreased jail time for driving impaired with a minor.
Get Outstanding Legal Help From a Trusted Law Firm
DWI charges can impact your life in more ways than just jail time. A DWI conviction can hurt your professional life, ruin your finances, and damage personal relationships. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we know what is at stake, and we strive for a case dismissal, minimized charges, or reduced sentences. Our attorneys have an exhaustive understanding of DWI laws in Texas and extensive experience fighting DWI charges. Let us help you fight your felony charges.
Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation with our San Antonio criminal defense lawyers concerning felony DWI today.
Throughout the whole process, I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened.- Ronald D.
Dismissed Assault Family Violence
During a dispute with her boyfriend, our client threw a brass statue against a wall, which ended up bouncing and hitting him. He called the police and our client was arrested for Assault Family Violence.
Our client was stopped by a police officer for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. A Blood Warrant was issued, and the test came back .09. Our client was new to the area and attempting to get a job. Pleading guilty to a DWI was not an option. After negotiating with the prosecutor, our firm was able to get the DWI charge dismissed after successful completion of 18 months deferred prosecution.
Felony Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Interference with a 911 Call
Our client’s girlfriend’s car was being repossessed. Our client had belongings in the car, including his work equipment and his firearm. Our client attempted to get his belongings out of the car before it was being towed away. The tow driver accused our client of threatening him with the gun our client was retrieving while he was on 911 with the police.
Cases Rejected Pre-Indictment Three Counts of Aggravated Assault of a Deadly Weapon
Our client was sitting on his balcony when he saw his neighbors in the parking lot mistreating an animal. He told them to stop, and the threatened him. He went inside to retrieve his firearm, but he never threatened the neighbors back.
No Charges Filed Sexual Assault Investigation
Our client was a UT student who was accused of sexual assault. He came to our firm extremely scared about his future both with the university and within the criminal justice system. With our firm's help, he was able to show that his accuser was not credible. Smith and Vinson put together a defense that law enforcement recognized as credible evidence of his innocence and not to file charges which changed the course of our client's life.