Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more (DWI 3rd) – Third Time DWI Offender
If you’ve been previously convicted two or more times of DWI (regardless of when the convictions occurred) and get arrested for another intoxication offense, the State of Texas will treat you as a serious threat to its citizens. The gravity of your situation will set in immediately. You’ll be in a felony court with exposure, if convicted, to up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Probation becomes less likely and, if granted, can span many more years than a misdemeanor DWI probation. Ignition interlocks are routine and in some cases the defendant might be ordered not to drive at all as a condition of his/her release from custody pending trial. If convicted, the defendant will almost certainly suffer a significant driver’s license suspension. Any probation will likely include substance abuse counseling and treatment; sometimes inpatient treatment.
If you’ve been charged with felony DWI, you MUST have a lawyer experienced in these cases. A prosecutor and judge will likely consider:
- How long it’s been since your last DWI arrest or conviction;
- Your previous DWI sentences;
- How well you performed on previous DWI probations;
- Whether there was an accident at the time of your arrest;
- Your blood alcohol concentration following your arrest (if it exists); and
- The driving and performance factors from your current arrest.
The lawyers at Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP are former DWI prosecutors that have amassed decades of experience defending DWI cases. Their initial advice to any felony DWI client is DON’T GIVE UP! Even though the case and stakes may feel overwhelming, a thorough investigation by experienced attorneys almost always raises avenues to attack the State’s case.
Hire us. We value your freedom, understand the consequences of a felony DWI arrest, and gladly accept the responsibility of zealously defending citizens charged with a DWI 3rd. Contact us immediately.