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DWI – Child Passenger Cases

The 1st Times’ a Felony

Houston Lawyer for Child Passenger DWI Cases
When you appear in court for a DWI offense with a child passenger, an image like this is what they see in their minds. Don’t attempt to handle this type of case without qualified legal representation.

If you were arrested for DWI with the added component of the presence of a child passenger, you’re facing a serious criminal charge that’s classified as a felony in the state of Texas.

Even in cases when a person is arrested for DWI with child passenger, and have no prior history of drunk driving, they will still face felony charges, jail, and an immediate suspension of their Texas Driver License.

In these situations, having a Houston attorney with experience litigating DWI cases will ultimately play in your favor. If we’re able to, we’ll challenge the charge that you were intoxicated in the first place, since that’s based on the officer’s opinion.

Secondly, there is always a chance that police officers violated your Constitutional Rights during your arrest. If we determine this was the case; we may be afforded a sharp-angle at dismissal for your case.

Finally, even if you were intoxicated, the evidence, collection of such, and training of the individuals involved in the collection, storage, and analysis of said evidence, may be questionable. Our legal team has over 30 years of combined DWI defense experience, and we leave no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for our clients.

Meet Houston Lawyer Tad Nelson

From Misdemeanor to Felony DWI

Back in 2003, the Texas legislature made changes to DWI laws in Texas resulting in stronger punishment for persons arrested for DWI with a child passenger (person younger than 15 years of age) in the vehicle at the time of the criminal offense.

In the past, a case involving DWI with a Child Passenger was a misdemeanor offense but is now a State Jail Felony offense. A conviction carries sentencing guidelines which include a minimum of 180 days up to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Felonious Consequences

If you’re convicted of this form of drunken driving offense, you will be considered a felon and will lose some of your rights as a U.S. Citizen. Some of the rights you’ll lose will prevent you from voting, participating in jury duty, and you may even be breaking the law by practicing your Constitutional Right to bear arms.

With skilled legal representation in your corner that will advocate on your behalf, fight for your rights, and challenge the validity of the evidence against you, you may beat the case. If we can beat the case for you, you’ll have the liberty of putting the matter behind you.

Top DWI Lawyers

The DWI lawyers at The Nelson Firm are among the most aggressive, calculative, charismatic, and most appropriately credentialed attorneys in Texas. Attorney Tad A. Nelson and attorney Amber Spurlock head up our legal team and are among the most respected lawyers in the region. 



Both are forensic science scholars, ACS/CHAL lawyer-scientists, in addition to Tad Nelson holding Board Certification in criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization®.

If you know you have a court date coming up in which you must appear at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in downtown Houston, and you know you’ll be better off with a studied DWI lawyer on your side, contact Attorney Tad A. Nelson by calling our downtown Houston DWI law office at 713-489-7373.

Houston Lawyer for Child Passenger DWIs

Attorney Tad A. Nelson