Intoxication manslaughter happens when someone drunk or impaired by substances drives and unintentionally causes one’s death. If you are convicted of intoxication manslaughter, you could face hefty fines and imprisonment.
Overview of Intoxication Manslaughter
Manslaughter results in the death of another person, so it is serious but not as severe as murder under the law. In murder cases, the murderer intentionally sought to harm the victim. In manslaughter, there is less intentionality. For example, involuntary manslaughter is when someone dies because of someone else’s negligent actions.
Intoxication manslaughter happens when someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impair them from thinking or acting as they would sober. For example, let’s say someone has several alcoholic drinks and then decides to drive.
While driving, they unintentionally cause a collision, resulting in someone’s death. While the driver did not intend to cause someone’s death, they may be guilty of intoxication manslaughter under Texas law.
Penalties for Intoxication Manslaughter
In some situations, the person could face first-degree felony charges. For example, suppose they caused the death of a policeman or member of emergency medical personnel. In that case, they could face first-degree felony charges. If the courts convict them of a first-degree felony, they could face between five and 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
In addition to intoxication manslaughter, someone could face additional penalties depending on the situation. If a child was in the vehicle they were operating while intoxicated, they could also face charges for a state jail felony. For this, they could serve up to two years in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
hat Will Happen If I Am Accused of Intoxication Manslaughter?
Intoxication manslaughter is a criminal offense. After your arrest, you will be informed of the specific charges against you.
Like other criminal cases, you have certain protections under U.S. law and the U.S. constitution. For example, you have the right to a trial by jury. You also have the right to an attorney. Your attorney can be with you while you answer questions from the police so you do not incriminate yourself.
The courts will hear your case, and both sides will have the chance to present the evidence of what happened. If the courts find you guilty of the charges, the courts will sentence you based on the guidelines of Texas law.
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Possible Case Outcomes and Defenses in an Intoxication Manslaughter Case
- Noting the actions of law enforcement and any violations that occurred during your arrest and the events leading up to your arrest
- Demonstrating that no crime occurred or that you were not responsible for what happened
resenting to the courts mitigating factors that would impact your sentencing, such as your lack of a criminal record or prior circumstances that influenced what happened
- Working with the prosecutor to work out a plea bargain, which may result in a lighter sentence or dropped charges
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