Texas DWI Defense Attorney Explains Intoxication Assault

A recent motor vehicle collision resulted in intoxication assault charges for a woman from Conroe. The woman, who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, crashed her car head-on into another vehicle. The wreck sent three people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

If you get into a car accident in Texas and you are suspected of driving while intoxicated, it is possible that you could get charged with intoxication assault. When a driver who is under the influence of alcohol causes a wreck, and one or more people are seriously injured, they may get charged with the third-degree felony of intoxication assault. The possible penalties that an individual who is charged with intoxication assault may face if they are convicted include incarceration for two to ten years, fines of up to ten thousand dollars, and participation in community service for between one hundred and sixty and six hundred hours.

According to Texas Penal Code §49.07, a person can get charged with intoxication assault in other situations besides the most common intoxication assault scenario of driving a motor vehicle in a public place. The rule applies to people who are operating all kinds of watercraft, flying all sorts of aircraft, and individuals who operate or assemble amusement park rides.

When you crash your car, you have little control over what kinds of injuries you or the occupants of the other vehicle or vehicles will sustain. Not every collision where a driver is suspected of being intoxicated will result in intoxication assault charges. However, those charges may be brought if one or more people who get hurt in the accident receive a serious bodily injury. A serious bodily injury is any injury that creates a substantial risk of death, permanently disfigures the injured person, or creates long-term loss or impairment of the functioning of some part of the victim’s body.

When a person drives a car or operates another type of vehicle after they have consumed alcohol, they often do not think about what could happen if they were to get into an accident. Much of the time, people who operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol tell themselves that they’ll just drive extra carefully and that they will make it to their destination without being stopped for DWI or getting into an accident. Unfortunately, the risk of being stopped or getting into an accident involves more than just possible criminal charges. If you wreck your vehicle, you or others could be severely injured or killed. If you survive the wreck, you could face intoxication assault charges and/or intoxication manslaughter charges, depending on whether anyone died in the crash and how severely the accident victims were injured. Intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter are things that many drivers do not think about, but stopping to think about them before drinking and driving could save your life and the lives of others.

If you are arrested, and you get charged with DWI and/or intoxication assault, it is critical that you get help from a seasoned Texas DWI defense attorney right away. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients with their DWI cases, even when they have been charged with additional crimes like intoxication assault, and he may be able to help you, too. To learn more about Texas DWI cases, please call 214-521-4567 today.


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