Intoxication Manslaughter Lawyer in Highland Park

If you caused a fatal accident while driving under the influence, you will face intoxication manslaughter charges, punishable by decades in prison.

An intoxication manslaughter lawyer in Highland Park will protect your legal rights and fight these serious charges on your behalf. With over 30 years of experience in the Texas criminal justice system as a state district court judge, chief felony prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Randall Isenberg has garnered experience and knowledge that he uses to defend clients from all types of DWI charges.

Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today for a free consultation: 214-696-9253.

Intoxication Manslaughter Carries Substantial Penalties

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony, punishable as follows:

  • Prison sentence of 2 to 20 years
  • Monetary fine of up to $10,000
  • Driver’s license suspension up to 2 years

If you have prior DWI convictions, or if the prosecutor can allege aggravating circumstances in your case, you may face first-degree felony charges, punishable as follows:

  • Prison sentence of up to 99 years (life)
  • Monetary fine of up to $10,000
  • Driver’s license suspension up to 2 years

Aggravating circumstances could include any of the following conditions:

In addition to fines and incarceration, the court may order you to serve supervised probation and perform community service. You may have to attend substance abuse counseling or go to rehab at your own expense. You will likely also need to install an ignition interlock on your car, once you regain your driving privileges.

An intoxication manslaughter charge will affect every aspect of your life. Once you get out of prison, you will also have a permanent criminal record as a felon, which means you may struggle to get a job, find housing, or get car insurance. You will also lose your right to vote and to own or carry a gun.

An Intoxication Manslaughter Lawyer Can Help You Fight the Charges

If you have a Highland Park criminal defense attorney on your side — like Randall Isenberg — you will have someone there to protect your legal rights and assist you through every phase of the criminal process.

Our legal team is dedicated to helping you obtain the best possible outcome in your case, and we will immediately seek to get your case dismissed or to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges against you.

We have a large network of resources to assist us, including

  • Toxicology experts
  • Accident reconstruction specialists
  • Investigators
  • Medical experts

We will utilize these and other resources to identify any potential problems with your case, including violations of your legal rights and mistakes made by police. Using this information, we can build the most robust possible case in your defense.

Whether we negotiate an acceptable arrangement with the prosecutor or present your case in court, we will be by your side to provide aggressive legal representation during this challenging time.

Potential Legal Defense Strategies for Intoxication Manslaughter

To obtain an intoxication manslaughter conviction, the prosecution has to meet a high burden of proof. Our legal team will explore many potential defense strategies before determining the appropriate approach for your case.

Some common defense strategies we use are:

Errors Made in BAC Testing

Whenever someone sustains injuries or dies in an accident, the police can compel you to submit a breath or blood sample for chemical testing.

However, unless the testing technician or lab follows all applicable rules and standards, the tests cannot provide an accurate, admissible result. For example, if the breathalyzer technician did not properly calibrate the equipment or conduct the analysis at least twice to verify the results, we can argue for the judge to throw out that evidence.

Inaccurate Chemical Testing Results

Many potentially confounding factors can affect the results of chemical BAC testing. For example, taking certain medications or eating certain foods may cause a false positive breathalyzer result. Many types of mouthwash can also influence test results. If we identify the presence of any of these confounding factors in your case, we can argue to have the judge exclude the test results in your case.

Lack of Causation for Accident or Injuries

The prosecutor must prove in court that you drove drunk and, as a result, you caused a fatal accident. Even if the prosecution can prove you broke Texas DWI laws, proving that your drunk driving caused the crash in question — and that the accident caused the fatality — presents more of a challenge. If applicable, we can argue that other factors caused the crash or that the victim died due to an alternative cause.

Thanks to Randall’s prior experience as a prosecutor, we have unique insight into how the prosecution may try your case. We will put that insight to work for you, to counter the prosecution’s argument most effectively and introduce reasonable doubt.

Consult an Intoxication Manslaughter Lawyer Today for Free

A DWI lawyer at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is standing by to help you. We will provide straight answers to your questions and help you explore your options, allowing you to make the best, most informed decisions for yourself and your future.

To help you decide on the next step, we offer a no-obligation case review for Highland Park residents facing intoxication manslaughter charges.

Call us to learn more or to schedule your complimentary consultation and case evaluation. You can reach us at 214-696-9253.

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