The Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor DWI in Texas

Criminal Defense Lawyer | DWI, Drug, Theft & Assault Charges

By Collin County Criminal Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(972) 369-0577

All the “tough-guy” talk from law enforcement about DWIs in Dallas and Collin Counties in Texas has created a lot of confusion.

Most DWI Arrests Are Misdemeanors

Most are relieved to hear a first arrest is a Class B misdemeanor and a second is a Class A.  But when do DWI’s become felonies?

Several ways.  What makes the identical act of driving a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated (which is normally a misdemeanor) a felony is generally additional or surrounding factors.

It is important to note that every jail term I describe below may be probated in certain circumstances.

Driving While Intoxicated With a Minor

DWI with a minor 15 years-old or younger is a State JailFelony punishable between 180 days and 2 years jail and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Driving While Intoxicated (3rd…

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