Felony-Level DWIs Abound in Texas

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Around the holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s), the number of DWIs in Dallas tends to heat up. If recent news stories are any indication, that trend certainly stayed strong in 2015.

In the last couple of months, DWIs have been all over the headlines; but they’re not just your usual cases of drinking and driving. Many of these have been felony-level cases – cases where drivers drove drunk not once or twice, but three, four or even five times.

Take a look at some of the state’s most recent felony-level DWIs in Texas, and let them be a warning. Drinking and driving is never worth the risk – to your criminal record or to your life!

Felony Level DWI in Texas: Woman Charged with DWI No. 4

In College Station, a 53-year-old woman was caught drunk driving when she crashed into the car in front of her on Texas Avenue. Police officers at the scene say the driver, Mary McGhee, was speaking unintelligibly and ignored their attempts at communication. McGhee was arrested and charged with a DWI. She has 3 previous DWI convictions in Texas and 2 in Florida. If this fourth conviction goes through, she will face 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Felony Level DWI in Texas: Repeat DWI Offender Gets 20 Years

On December 15, a Cherokee County jury gave 60-year-old Glenn Douglas Roark the maximum sentence (10 years) for his felony DWI charge received on April 28. According to police, Roark was driving 62 MPH in a 30 MPH zone and showed clear signs of intoxication once pulled over. Roark’s blood was also tested, showing he had a blood alcohol level of .215 – more than twice Texas’ legal limit. In addition to the April 28 charge, Roark had previously been convicted of three misdemeanor DWIs and two felony DWIs. One of these felony DWIs also resulted in a prison sentence. He was currently on parole at the time of the April 28 offense.

October Sees 50 Felony DWI Cases in Bexar County, Texas Alone

In just Bexar County, officers arrested over 50 drivers on felony drinking and driving cases in October alone. Among these were Roberto Griego Arguello, who faces intoxication manslaughter for killing 26-year-old mother of 2, Samantha Garza. In addition to the manslaughter charge, Bexar County also saw 6 DWIs with a child passenger under 15 and 47 third-degree felony DWIs.
Wrong Way Driver Gets Fourth Felony DWI

In mid-December, Joel Ivan Salas de la Rosa wasn’t just charged with a felony-level DWI in Weslaco Texas…

…He was charged with his FOURTH felony DWI. The 31 year old was caught in Weslaco, driving on the wrong side of the tollway when police pulled him over. The police who arrested de la Rosa say he’d been driving the wrong direction since Donna – a town about 10 minutes east of Weslaco. He is currently in jail on a $75,000 bond, while he awaits trial.

Felony DWIs In Texas Are the Real Deal

Felony-level DWIs are nothing to scoff at. They can carry with them up to a $10,000 fine, 2 to 10 years of jail time, a 2-year license suspension, annual surcharges and other severe penalties. If a child is in the vehicle or a person is injured or killed because of the driver’s actions, these punishments get even more severe.

Do yourself a favor and never drink and drive. Keep the number of a cab company in your phone, and download the Uber app just in case. If you are ever involved in a wreck with a drunk driver, always call Franklin Law Firm right away. Our Dallas DWI accident lawyers be there to help you every step of the way.

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