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Houston Intoxication Assault Attorney

DWI With Injury

Texas Penal Code § 49.07 states that a person commits intoxication assault if they operate a motor vehicle (or an aircraft or watercraft) in a public place while intoxicated and cause serious bodily injury to another. This means that if an individual caused an accident and injury while driving intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, they can potentially face felony charges for intoxication assault.

DWIs involving injuries are a serious matter and prosecutors work aggressively to gain convictions. In order to prove that a defendant is guilty of intoxication assault, prosecutors must prove several legal elements. These include proving that a driver was either intoxicated or under the influence, was in a public place, and caused "serious bodily injury." Under Texas law, "serious bodily injury" is defined as any injury that:

  • Creates a significant risk of death; or
  • Causes permanent disfigurement; or
  • Causes loss or impairment of limbs or organs.

Penalties for Intoxication Assault in Texas

Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony and is punishable by:

  • 2 to 10 years imprisonment
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Since felonies are punishable by mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment, the threat of losing your freedom is real. Additionally, felony convictions can pose long-term repercussions and limitations in your professional and financial future. When you also consider driver's license suspensions or revocations, collateral costs, and other associated consequences, it is clear that the penalties can profoundly affect your life.

Discuss Your Defense with a Texas DWI Lawyer

Having represented individuals accused of a wide range of DWI offenses in the Houston area for more than 15 years, I have accumulated extensive experience in challenging the prosecution's case. I work personally with clients to better understand their situation and their goals, and my experienced staff of legal professional and I fight diligently to protect the rights, freedoms, and futures of our firm's clients.

If you or a loved one is currently facing criminal allegations for intoxication assault – or if your DWI resulted in injury – please do not hesitate to contact a Houston DWI attorney from The Samuelson Law Firm as soon as possible after your arrest.

For a free, no obligation consultation, call (281) 407-9553 or complete a free case evaluation form.

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