Texas police officers take drunk driving very seriously. Have just one extra drink before driving home could turn into an arrest. Being convicted of driving while intoxicated comes with serious penalties. Even more so, being convicted multiple times can be deemed a felony DWI, a charge that could carry fines and even mandatory jail time, as illustrated in this recent Texas case.

Last week, a Texas man was sentenced to 99 years in prison after receiving his 16th DWI conviction. The 52-year-old man was pulled over last August when police noticed that he had a broken taillight and was weaving in his lane. The officers administered a breath test, which reported that the man had a .10 blood alcohol level.

The man was sentenced as a habitual offender. Depending on his behavior, county prosecutors say he could be up for parole in 10 to 15 years.

This case shows the serious and long-term consequences that can come with a felony DWI conviction. It can have a profound effect on the rest of your life. However, experienced Texas DWI defense attorneys know that not everyone accused of driving while intoxicated is guilty.

In some cases, Breathalyzers may have been improperly calibrated, meaning the results could be determined invalid. In other situations, police officers may not have properly administered a field sobriety test. If either of these is found to be true, the results of your tests can be thrown out. Strong defenses can be built to challenge a DWI or felony DWI charge.

Source: MSNBC: "Man gets 99 years in prison for 16th DWI," Ryan Korsgard, 25 March 2011