Find out how the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defend against charges involving DWI with a child passenger in Dallas County, Texas.
The state of Texas is always modifying the DWI Laws. They never recede or bring them back, they’re always advancing them forward to tougher and harder crime categories. One of those is Driving while Intoxicated with a minor passenger under the age of 15. Even if this is the first time you’ve ever been in trouble on an intoxicated offense, you will be charged with a felony. The state of Texas has no tolerance when you have minor passengers in the vehicle. It will be treated as a DWI prosecution just like it would a misdemeanor, but with the element of that passenger being under the age of 15. The state jail felony punishment range is up to 2 years in the state jail facility. There is no deferred probation on it, and if you take a deal on it, it is a permanent lifetime conviction on your record. You will lose your right to vote and your right to bear arms and will find inability to stay in certain apartment complexes or even trying to get loans to buy a home. That’s why it’s important to find a lawyer who knows this type of defense. Get in there early, get in there quick, and perhaps we can negotiate a settlement if your facts are not favorable to remove the section of the paragraph that says there was a child in the vehicle, knocking it from a felony down to a misdemeanor, saving you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and surcharges, and avoiding the big nasty bullet of the felony coming right down on you.