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DWI With Child Passenger

Houston DWI With Child Passenger Lawyer

In Texas, if you are arrested for a DWI and and you are traveling with a passenger that is under 15 years of age, you face a possible felony charge. DWI with a Child Passenger is a serious felony charge that can subject you to serious penalties including a possible prison sentence, expensive fines and the loss of your driver’s license. If you have been arrested for DWI with a Child Passenger it is important that you contact an experienced Houston DWI Lawyer. Mario Madrid knows how to challenge DWI evidence and successfully defend these type of charges.

Penalties for DWI With Child Passenger in Texas

Even if you have never been charged with a DWI, DWI with Child Passenger will be prosecuted as a felony. You will face the possibility of the loss of your liberty,  the loss of your Texas Drivers License, increased insurance rates and potential job loss. It is not uncommon for Child Protective Services to launch an investigation because a child is involved. It is imperative to hire an experienced DWI Lawyer in Houston to defend against these serious charges.

DWI with a Child Passenger is as a State Jail Felony and carries the following range of possible punishment:

Sec. 12.35.  STATE JAIL FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days.

(b)  In addition to confinement, an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

(c)  An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished for a third degree felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that:

(1)  a deadly weapon as defined by Section 1.07 was used or exhibited during the commission of the offense or during immediate flight following the commission of the offense, and that the individual used or exhibited the deadly weapon or was a party to the offense and knew that a deadly weapon would be used or exhibited; or

(2)  the individual has previously been finally convicted of any felony:

(A)  under Section 20A.03 or 21.02 or listed in Section 3g(a)(1), Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure; or

(B)  for which the judgment contains an affirmative finding under Section 3g(a)(2), Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure.

Contact Houston DWI Attorney Mario Madrid

If you have been charged with DWI with Child Passenger you will need a lawyer who will zealously defend you and fight to protect your rights, freedom and reputation. Contact Houston DWI and  Criminal Defense Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400 to begin your defense.