Serious bodily harm caused by an intoxicated driver can lead to the third-degree felony charge of intoxication assault. State prosecutors are notorious for using the full extent of their power and authority to try to secure an intoxication assault conviction. You must react with just as must tenacity in defending yourself.
Our Texas DWI defense attorneys at Hamilton Grant PC are known throughout the state as being persuasive negotiators and tough-as-nails litigators. If you have been charged with intoxication assault, you can rely on us for defense representation that never backs down.
Learn more about our firm’s history of success by reviewing our case results, or by contacting us directly.
Definition & Penalties of Intoxication Assault
What does it mean to cause someone “serious bodily harm”?
In Texas, serious bodily harm is defined as any sort of injury that:
- Causes physical disability for an extended duration.
- Creates a permanent mental health issue.
- Ends or alters the function of an organ or limb.
- Could have feasibly caused the death of the victim.
Due to the nature of some injuries, intoxication assault charges might be filed at a later date. This can occur if an injury worsens over time, or if the accident victim is diagnosed with an injury later on.
People convicted of intoxication assault in Texas could be penalized with:
- Jail time: Minimum of two years and maximum of 10.
- Fines: Maximum of $10,000 in fines paid to the state.
- DWI education: Mandatory courses regarding driving safety.
- License suspension: Possibly up to a year.
- Ignition interlock device installation: Cannot drive without passing a breath test.
You should also be aware that the parties injured in a car accident with an intoxicated driver may seek restitution or compensation through civil lawsuits. While the criminal defense case is separate from the plaintiff’s claim, a conviction could potentially be used as evidential leverage against you.
Challenging Evidence & Building a Defense Case
The prosecution will insist that blood alcohol concentration (BAC) readouts and accident reports from the police will be all the evidence they need to secure a conviction in your intoxication assault case. Our Texas DWI defense lawyers are here to challenge them at every turn. With our 20+ years of total legal experience and keen eye for detail, we may be able to have evidence dismissed, charges reduced, or the entire case dropped.