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When DWI allegations come up over an injury-causing crash

DWI charges are typically misdemeanor charges here in Missouri. However, there are situations in which a person accused of drunk driving in the state could be facing felony charges. One is if the person is being accused of drunk driving in relation to a motor vehicle crash in which someone else got hurt.

Under state law, it is a felony DWI offense to commit injury-causing criminal negligence while driving drunk. The typical felony level for negligently causing someone a non-fatal injury while driving drunk is class E.

However, it rises to a class D felony if either the injury was serious or the person who was harmed was an emergency responder or a police officer. If the injury was both serious and to an emergency responder or a police officer, the offense jumps to a class C felony.

Felony charges can raise a whole new set of issues, concerns and potential consequences for a person accused of having driven while drunk. While any criminal conviction can be impactful, felony convictions can have especially major effects. 

So, when a person is charged with DWI in connection to a crash, whether or not they are accused of having been responsible for another person getting hurt in the crash can greatly impact their legal situation. Having a defense approach well-suited for their particular situation can be critical for a DWI suspect. Skilled criminal defense lawyers can advise DWI suspects involved in crashes here in Missouri on the legal matters unique to their circumstances.

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