Monday is probably no one's favorite day of the week, but this Monday was an especially bad day for two Bryan men. They were both charged with felony DWI that day, meaning they now must fight for their innocence lest they be sentenced to jail and/or ordered to pay a substantial fine.
The first man was arrested close to where Wellborn Road meets Joe Routt Boulevard. Police claim that he failed three field sobriety tests. When his degree of intoxication was measured, police say it was 0.081, which is just a hair over the legal limit of 0.08. He posted $10,000 bail and was released from Brazos County Jail on Monday.
The second man was arrested in College Station, but police have not made the details or circumstances of his arrest public. He is in Brazos County Jail in lieu of $12,000 bail.
In each case, the men are being charged with felony DWI rather than the less-serious misdemeanor DWI because they each have prior DWI convictions. Each drunk driving conviction carries a more serious punishment than the last because Texas courts want to send the message that being irresponsible with alcohol will not be tolerated.
That makes sense, but it also means that if a person has a prior DWI conviction, he or she must make sure that he or she can mount a vigorous defense to any subsequent accusation. DWI charges are always grave affairs, but since the stakes get higher with each conviction, so does the need to take them seriously.
Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Two Bryan men face felony DWI charge," April 17, 2012