Courts in Texas are getting very serious about Driving While Intoxicated (#DWI). A 3rd Offense DWI or more in Texas is normally a 3rd degree felony. That being said, like all felonies it can be enhanced. Every final conviction you have always opens you up to the collateral consequence of enhancements. If you read the article, this is the woman’s 3rd FELONY DWI. This means she had two prior final felony convictions. If you have one prior final felony conviction, it can be enhanced as to a second degree felony. If you have two prior final felony convictions, it can be enhanced to a first degree felony. A first degree felony carries with it a minimum of 5 years in prison with a maximum of life or 99 years. The jury or judge can also assess a fine up to $10,000. The defendant's parole eligibility will vary greatly depending on whether the state alleged a deadly weapon enhancement, which was not clear from records accessible on the Hays County District Court Web Site.