You should have your boyfriend consult with an attorney and refrain from posting anything further on a public forum.
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People too often fail to recognize the sheer gravity of cases like this. I'm astounded that your only concern seems to be violent versus non violent crime status. Are you kidding me? He's potentially going to prison for half of his life! You should be in the process of selling everything to finance his defense. His alcohol content will SIGNIFICANTLY impact his sentence. I don't care what you think the facts are; I don't care that you think you can win or that you think they'll be nice since its his first offense. He is in SERIOUS trouble here. Hire. A. Lawyer.
Because he was also under the influence, this is a first degree felony charge and he is facing between 3 and 15 years in prison, or possibly more if he was classified as a habitual violator. As a former prosecutor, I have routinely seen sentences of 15 years for these offenses. Your boyfriend should hire an attorney immediately.