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Under Texas law if you cause serious bodily injury to another while operating a motor vehicle and are intoxicated, you will face charges of Intoxication Assault.
Intoxication Assault is a third degree felony. A conviction for this offense may result in a prison sentence, high fine and increased insurance rates not to mention the possible loss of your job or future employment opportunities.
Intoxication Assault Statute
Sec. 49.07. INTOXICATION ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person, by accident or mistake:
(1) while operating an aircraft, watercraft, or amusement ride while intoxicated, or while operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, by reason of that intoxication causes serious bodily injury to another; or
(2) as a result of assembling a mobile amusement ride while intoxicated causes serious bodily injury to another.
(b) In this section, “serious bodily injury” means injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.
(c) Except as provided by Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.
In other words you are driving and intoxicated (DWI) and are involved in an accident and cause serious bodily injury you will be facing a third degree felony.
Intoxication Assault Penalties
Sec. 12.34. THIRD DEGREE FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) An
individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be
punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term
of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years.
(b) In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged
guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not
to exceed $10,000.
You may be eligible for probation but you must first exhaust all options to avoid a felony conviction before accepting any plea bargain of either prison or probation.
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The stakes are high when charged with Intoxication Assault. The loss of liberty hangs in the balance. Houston criminal defense attorney Mario Madrid zealously defends all Driving While Intoxicated Offenses including Intoxication Assault in Houston.
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