The Houston Chronicle is reporting that 64-year-old Casimiro Campos is facing his fifth DWI accusation over a 20-year period. This time, however, his allegedly drunken driving took the life of his passenger, 46-year-old Amelia Perez, and Campos is facing felony murder rather than DWI charges.
On May 23, 2012, Campos was driving his Chevy Suburban when he was involved in a minor wreck with some other vehicles. Instead of stopping, Campos sped up and crashed his vehicle into a nearby building. Campos then drove his vehicle along the side of the building, exited a parking lot and drove into a concrete bank of a drainage ditch. The collision caused Perez to fly through the windshield of the Campos’ Suburban; she was taken to the hospital, where she later died of her injuries.
Campos now will face murder charges instead of his typical DWI charges. Instead of facing a driver’s license suspension, probation, relatively short periods of incarceration and other typical consequences of DWI, Campos could spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in Perez’s death.
As you can see, what begins as a simple drunk driving charge can quickly grow into multiple serious criminal charges. When you or a loved one is accused of drunk driving, or another crime involving drinking and driving, you must contact an experienced Texas DWI defense attorney to help you through the criminal court process. Your DUI lawyer can help defend you from serious criminal charges and try to minimize the consequences that you might face if convicted.