If you live in Brazoria County, Texas, and you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you’ll need a smart criminal defense lawyer with experience defending people accused of driving while intoxicated in order to have a chance at avoiding the most punishing penalties that may come from the punishment phase of your trial, in the event that you choose to fight the charge.
The Situation Creating Harsh Punishment For DWI
There is always a car accident, it seems. In some of those car accidents, people are killed. In some of the car accidents, in which people are killed, it’s because a person was driving while intoxicated which serves to make them too impaired to be able to properly operate a motor vehicle without unnecessarily putting innocent lives at risk.
The Texas Legislature Responds
In response to the public outcry regarding the thousands of deaths caused by impaired drivers, the Texas legislature in Austin has approved a set of laws and sentencing guidelines to deter even the most dedicated alcoholic from jumping in their vehicle and driving down public roadways while putting at risk unsuspecting Texans.
If a person is convicted of DWI, for either a first or second time, misdemeanor charges apply. Third DWI offenses, and offenses involving intoxicated drivers causing death and injury, are escalated into the felony realm. Once charged with a felony drunk driving offense, a defense attorney will be needed as criminal penalty start at two years, can go up to 20 years, in addition to the added bonus of the possibility of a life sentence, which isn’t rare for Felony DWI offenders.
As you can see, lawmakers in Austin, Texas have taken the public outcry seriously. And with organizations like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), lobbyists and businesses that stands to profit from harsh criminal sentences, and the prison industrial complex, even first-time DWI offenders are forced to have an alcohol detection device installed on their vehicles to ensure that the court is notified if the defendant attempts to operate their motor vehicle while their blood alcohol content level is over the legal limit and/or indicates that they might be intoxicated.
If this happens to an offender who has been granted probation their probation will be revoked and they will be jailed.
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More Information: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/sober-safe/intoxication.html