Man Receives 99 Years for DWI

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in DUI/DWI

After multiple offenses a DWI charge can change from a blemish on your record into a life altering felony DWI conviction. Arthur Ortega of Austin Texas learned this when his 7th DWI charge resulted in a 99 year jail sentence.

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Last October Ortega got behind the wheel of his car after a night of drinking and nearly took a man’s life. He almost hit the Austin area police officer that made the arrest. The officer, after finding that Ortega has received 6 previous DWI convictions, charged him with felony DWI. At the time of the arrest, Ortega was also on parole for a 30 year burglary sentence.

After a two day trial the jury decided Ortega had used his vehicle as a deadly weapon, which contributed to the especially harsh sentence. The deadly weapon finding also means that Ortega will not be eligible for parole until he has served the first 30 years of his sentence.

On the heels of a St. Tammany Parish man’s life sentence for selling marijuana, this should remind us that DWI and possession charges can result in extreme punishments. If you are facing criminal charges, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a legal consultation.

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