Associated Charges with a DWI Charge

Sep 09

Most of the time, the charging process in a DWI case is relatively simple. However, sometimes the circumstances surrounding the DWI charge may lead a prosecutor to tack on additional charges. These charges can complicate your case, and add on even more fines and potential jail time.

If you’ve had additional charges stacked upon your original DWI charge, you should attempt to educate yourself as much as possible about your situation.

A Quick Note..

Always remember that the particular laws and rules surrounding a DWI charge vary from state to state. This post will discuss the law in the most general sense possible, but don’t forget to look at the exact laws in the county in which you are being tried.

Child Endangerment

This charge can get stacked up on a regular DWI charge if a child under a certain age was with you in the car at the time of the arrest. This is because, in addition to putting your own life in danger as well as others on the road, you are directly putting a child in danger by having them in the car with you as you are driving while intoxicated.

The penalties for a child endangerment charge can be very stiff. In Texas, for example, the charge could result in a fine all the way up to 10,000 dollars, up to two years in jail, and the suspension of your license for over 180 days.

However, these aren’t the only repercussions you may be facing. A child endangerment conviction could launch investigations, such as an investigation from Child Protective Services (CPS) and other agencies. If you are in the middle of a divorce, the charge could be mentioned in a custody battle, and your partner could launch a civil suit against you.

Obstruction of Highway

This charge usually comes about because the prosecutor does not believe they have enough evidence to charge you with Driving While Intoxicated. This charge will likely be offered to you during the plea-bargaining stage as it has less severe penalties than a regular DWI charge. However, this charge still comes with criminal penalties and will result in the creation of a criminal record.

This offer likely means that the prosecutor believes they do not have enough evidence to convict you of a DWI, so it may be better for you to fight the charge in court and avoid having a criminal record altogether.

What to Do

In the event that you are being met with any of these charges, contact a criminal defense law firm like Alexander & Associates immediately. An attorney is the person best equipped to represent you in court and help you get the charges dropped. A DWI conviction can have a devastating impact on your reputation, finances, and employment, so it is best to have an experienced fighter on your side.

While it may seem tempting to save money, do not attempt to represent yourself. Reach out to an attorney with the expertise to help you.

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