A simple DWI will be charged as Intoxication Assault if by reason of that intoxication another person suffers serious bodily injury. “Serious bodily injury” means an injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. It should be emphasized that the serious bodily injury must be caused by the intoxication thereby making it an Intoxication Assault.
Intoxication Assault is a third-degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years in prison.
As with all DWI crimes, the government does not need to prove that you intended to become intoxicated or that the injury was intended. The latter is why it is important when facing Assault charges, that you speak to a criminal defense attorney who knows the local law and can help you attain the best possible results.
If you have been charged with Intoxication Assault, it does not necessarily follow that you will be convicted. It is imperative that you retain an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Fort Bend County attorney Anthony R. Segura to protect your rights.
Segura & Kiatta, Criminal Defense
345 Commerce Green Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas 77478