For drivers in Texas who are in an accident that leaves another person injured or dead, there is the possibility that intoxication assault or vehicular manslaughter charges will be filed. The laws of the state are clear in the reasons that these charges would be filed. The penalties for a felony DWI charge are much more significant than for a simple drunk driving charge, with an extended jail sentence of up to 10 years, heavy fines for up to $10,000 and other penalties.
If there is an accident caused by impaired driving or operating any kind of motor vehicle in a public place, whether it be a boat, air vessel or some other vehicle, there will be intoxication assault charges if there is serious bodily injury to another person. Serious bodily injury refers to the type of injury that leads to a risk of the person dying, leaves them permanently disfigured or impaired.