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DWI with child passenger: Fort Worth DWI Attorney, Tarrant County
If you have been arrested for DWI in Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie or in the surrounding cities of Tarrant County, and you had a child less than 15 years of age in the car at the time of your DWI arrest, you will likely be charged with the felony offense of DWI with child passenger.
Texas Penal Code §49.045 states that a person commits the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with Child Passenger if:
- 1.The person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place; and
- 2.The vehicle being operated by the person is occupied by a passenger who is younger than 15 years of age.
Under Texas Penal Code §49.04, DWI with child passenger is a State Jail Felony offense that imposes a fine of up to $10,000, a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to 2 years, and a mandatory driver’s license suspension. If you receive probation for DWI with child passenger, you could be looking at a DWI probation term of up to 5 years, intensive conditions of probation and a mandatory driver’s license suspension.
Unlike a Felony DWI (DWI 3rd or more), which requires at least two prior DWI convictions before you can be charged with a felony, the charge of DWI with child passenger imposes upon you the strict penalty of a possible felony conviction, even if this is your first DWI offense.
As you can see, if you have been arrested and charged with DWI with child passenger in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield or in the surrounding cities in Tarrant County, you are facing a serious felony charge that could affect you freedom, you way of life and your future. You need an experienced team of Fort Worth DWI attorneys who have DWI trial experience and are not afraid to explore every legal option to protect your freedom and ensure your legal rights are protected.
At The Hampton Law Firm, you will find a Fort Worth DWI law practice that is different from other Fort Worth DWI lawyers because we provide the citizens of Tarrant County with a DWI trial team approach that evens the odds and provides the best possible DWI defense for your DWI case. Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation.
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