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Intoxication Assault

Intoxication Assault Lawyer Houston, TX

Intoxication Assault Laws in Texas

A DWI arrest is a serious problem under any circumstances. If there was a car accident and someone was injured, the consequences can be catastrophic. If you have been arrested for intoxication assault, a conviction could land you in the state penitentiary for up to 10 years. Serious charges such as these require equally serious criminal defense representation.

At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we provide aggressive legal defense for drivers who have been arrested on DWI charges, including severe charges like intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. We serve local and out-of-state drivers in Houston, Harris County and across Texas. If you are looking for a DWI defense lawyer who is experienced and will fight for your freedom, consider our firm.

Contact our Houston intoxication assault lawyer for a free consultation today!

DWI Causing Injury is a Felony Offense in TX

According to Texas Penal Code § 49.07, intoxication assault is a third-degree felony carrying with it the following penalties:

  • Up to $10,000 fine
  • 180-day to 2-year of license suspension
  • 2 to 10 years in the state penitentiary (excluding jail time you might get for a DWI)
  • Up to 1,000 hours of community service
  • Required use of an interlock ignition device (IID) to ensure sobriety when driving
  • Possible drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and counseling
  • Possible probation

There are some additional potential consequences:

  • Fees to reinstate driving privileges: Getting your license back after a suspension will involve additional fees.
  • Enhanced charges: If the victim of your intoxication assault was a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical personnel, the offense becomes a second-degree felony, which carries a steeper sentence.

Defenses Against Intoxication Assault Charges In Texas

Some potential defenses for an intoxication assault charge in Texas include:

Challenging Intoxication:

  • The prosecution must prove you were intoxicated beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney can challenge the validity of field sobriety tests, breathalyzer results, or blood tests if there were issues with administration or procedures.

Challenging Causation:

  • Even if you were intoxicated, the state needs to prove your intoxication caused the accident that led to serious bodily injury. An attorney might argue other factors like mechanical failure, distractions, or another driver's fault were the main cause.

Serious Bodily Injury Definition:

  • Texas has a specific definition of "serious bodily injury." An attorney might argue the victim's injuries don't meet the legal threshold.

There are complexities involved in these defenses, and a Houston intoxication assault defense attorney attorney will be able to analyze the specifics of your case to determine the best course of action.

Skilled Representation for Intoxication Assault Charges in Houston

Through our over 20 years in practice, we have successfully won dismissal of charges, reduced charges, and acquittal for clients in Houston and throughout Texas who have been charged with intoxication assault and other felony DWI charges. Attorney Jed Silverman is a certified breath test operator and field sobriety test conductor who knows the hurdles the police and prosecution must overcome to win a conviction. This knowledge allows him to seize on defense opportunities to give our clients the best possible chance at success.

Contact our team at (713) 597-2221 and work with a Houston intoxication assault attorney who will put you first.

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