A Houston area woman, Elena Fuentes, who is serving a 10 year probation for intoxication manslaughter has been charged with a DWI. The case demonstrates is a good demonstration of the different DWI laws in Texas. As to the previous case, the woman was convicted of the intoxication manslaughter after her 4 year old daughter was killed in an automobile accident. In that case Fuentes' blood alcohol level was reportedly three times the legal limit at .24. Intoxication manslaughter is a Second Degree Felony that carries a range of punishment of 2-20 years in prison.
A DWI is a class B misdemeanor. A DWI with a prior DWI conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor. A DWI with a prior Intoxication Manslaughter is a Third Degree Felony with a range of punishment from 2-10 years in prison. Because of her prior case, instead of facing a Misdemeanor, Fuentes faces a Felony DWI.
If you are someone you know is in need of the services of aHouston DWI Attorney, call Texas Board Certified Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.