According to Section 49 of the Texas Penal Code, intoxication related offenses include crimes such as Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, Intoxication Assault, and Intoxication Manslaughter. Offenses involving operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated carry stiff penalties often times including mandatory jail time and loss of your right to drive. Often, the punishment for your crime will be increased if you have prior convictions for intoxication related offenses.
Aside from the criminal penalties you face for DWI, there can be many collateral consequences associated with a DWI conviction such as increased insurance premiums, disqualification from certain jobs, and increased costs to maintain your drivers license. Outside of the criminal case you may need help fighting the suspension of your drivers license with DPS through an ALR hearing or obtaining an occupational drivers license so that you can still drive to work.
Penalties for Intoxication related offenses can be harsh, and losing your right to drive can prevent you from earning a living and caring for your family. However, an arrest for driving while intoxicated means an officer had probable cause that you committed the offense; to obtain a conviction, the government will need proof beyond a reasonable doubt, a much higher burden of proof. If you have been arrested for one of these offenses, you need an experienced lawyer who can evaluate the evidence against you and protect your rights. Edward Wilkinson has years of experience with intoxication related offenses and has taken a number of these cases to trial. If you have been arrested for DWI or any other offense involving intoxication, contact Edward today for a free consultation at 361-489-3414.