Texas authorities take drunk driving very seriously. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you could be facing serious penalties. A conviction for DWI could lead to the suspension of your driver's license, expensive fines and possible jail time.

If you have been arrested for a second or third DWI, you could be facing felony charges. Being convicted of a felony DWI can come with years of prison time, thousands of dollars in fines and the revocation of your license. You could also be required to attend alcohol treatment programs. In a recent Texas case, a man was sentenced to over 30 years in prison for a felony DWI.

A man from Arlington, Texas, was pulled over in August 2009 when a police officer saw him run a stop sign. According to the officer, the man's breath smelled like alcohol. The deputy also reported finding beer and cocaine in the car.

The 34-year-old man had been convicted of driving while intoxicated four times before. Last week, a jury convicted the man of his fifth DWI. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

As illustrated in this case, a felony DWI conviction can have severe penalties. However, experienced Texas DWI defense attorneys know that not everyone accused of drunk driving is guilty.

In many cases, police officers administer a breath test or field sobriety test to determine if a driver is too intoxicated to be operating a vehicle. Sometimes, though, police do not properly administer the tests. The maintenance records of a Breathalyzer can be examined to see if the device was improperly calibrated or maintained. If it is discovered that the device may have been faulty, the results could be deemed inaccurate. Strong cases can be built to challenge DWI charges.

Source: KDFW: "Five-Time DWI Convict Sentenced," Alice Wolke, 4 April 2011