DWI Accidents & Criminal Charges
Arrested? Call an Austin DWI Attorney at (512) 595-7080!
If you have been arrested for drunk driving after being involved in an automobile accident, our team at Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney is here to provide you with the defense and legal counsel you deserve.
Penalties for a DWI conviction following an accident can be the most severe, depending on the circumstances of your case. It is imperative to your case to have legal counsel that is knowledgeable, able, and motivated to defend your rights. Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney is not only experienced in defending DWI clients in DWI cases involving accidents, but he also served in law enforcement prior to becoming a lawyer. This experience gives him a unique perspective in DWI cases and specific skills when defending his clients.
Call an Austin DWI lawyer at (512) 595-7080 to set up a consultation.
What Are the Penalties?
The state of Texas takes DWI offenses very seriously, especially when the alleged offense results in an accident involving other vehicles. In 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation reported that 886 fatal accidents within the state that year involved an intoxicated driver.
If the case does not involve serious injury you will face the same consequences as a non-accident DWI. However, using our knowledge of the studies behind the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests; we can show the Jury that the test results may not be valid because of the accident.
Because of the threat to public safety, penalties for DWI accidents are especially severe in order to serve as a disincentive. If someone else was injured in an accident where the defendant was found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Texas law provides for a charge of intoxication assault.
This is a third-degree felony with penalties including:
- At least 2 but no more than 10 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in court fines
- Between 160 and 600 hours of community service
An accident involving intoxicated driving and resulting in a fatality could lead to a more severe charge of intoxication manslaughter. At Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney, we are here to provide you with the information you need about your rights and the legal defense you deserve.
If you have been arrested for DWI following an accident, contact our Austin DWI attorney today for a free evaluation of your case: (512) 595-7080.