On Monday, a Bryan, Texas, man was driving his van down North Texas Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle and reportedly crashed into a nearby utility pole. He has now been charged with felony DWI.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they questioned the 55-year-old man about his alcohol intake that evening. According to the police report, the man told officers he had consumed a minimum of four beers in the hour before he began driving.

Police say the man did not do well on a field sobriety test that was asked to perform. Police arrested the man for driving while intoxicated, and he was held in jail on a $10,000 bail. The Bryan man has been convicted of drunk driving two times before, meaning he will face felony DWI charges.

The man could possibly be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison and be required to pay a $10,000 fine.

As this case shows, a felony DWI can come with serious penalties that could greatly affect your life. You could end up having to serve years in prison, and even after you are released, having a felony conviction on your record could hurt your future opportunities. Employers may be less likely to hire you or colleges may be less likely to accept you.

However, there are ways to challenge a felony driving while intoxicated charge. Experienced Bryan defense attorneys understand the complexities and challenges of a felony DWI case and know that strong defenses can be built.

Source: The Bryan College Station Eagle, "Man charged with felony DWI," 25 April 2011