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Texas Man Pleads No Contest in DWI Deaths of His Wife and Four Sons

On May 28th, 2013, 36-year-old Larry William Demers appeared in court to enter a plea of no contest in the murder of his wife and four young sons. Demers' wife and sons were killed on Father's Day 2012 after Demers lost control of the vehicle they were traveling in and slammed into a bulldozer on the side of the road. His wife, 31-year-old Roxanna Mendoza Demers, and his four sons ages 1, 4, 8 and 9 all sustained fatal injuries in the accident. Police reported that speed, as well as the fact Demers' blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 and he still had marijuana in system 2 1/2 hours after the accident, were the contributing factors in the tragic accident.

Demers was originally charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter, however as he was driving while intoxicated with a minor under the age of 15 (a felony offense in the state of Texas), his charges were upgraded to felony murder. Despite this case being one of the worst the state has seen, prosecutors did not pursue additional charges nor did they opt to take the case to court, as it was extremely clear that neither family wished to pursue charges. The judge then ordered Demers to serve five concurrent 30-year sentences as per the terms of his plea agreement. He will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 15 years.

If you have been charged with a felony DWI you could be looking at a minimum of between 2-20 years in prison, fines up to $10,000, 240-800 hours of community service, the loss of your driver's license and more. Depending on the circumstances and the number of people who sustained serious or fatal injuries in the DWI-related accident, you could also be facing life in prison. In situations such as this it is vital that you consult with a skilled felony DWI lawyer at The Law Office of Troy P. Burleson right away. As the DWI Trial Guy™, Attorney Burleson will be able to answer any questions you may have, review the charges you face, help you devise an aggressive strategy for your defense will fight for you every step of the way.

A felony DWI conviction can have a dramatic impact on your family, life and future. You need an ardent, knowledgeable and experienced attorney to protect your interests and potentially help you avoid a wrongful conviction. Contact a Collin County DWI lawyerat my firm at once.

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