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Intoxication Manslaughter

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Vehicular homicide cases are a major issue in metropolitan areas such as Plano, where many people are on the roads. The consequences and penalties of vehicular homicide intensify if the driver is intoxicated at the time the homicide occurred. If your driving is responsible for someone’s death, getting the help of a qualified legal professional is crucial. Call the Wilder Law Firm right away to get started with your case.

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Intoxication Manslaughter

Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of intoxication manslaughter if he or she operates a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or amusement ride in a public place while intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication, causes the death of another by accident or mistake.

The driver could lack the normal use of his or her mental or physical faculties as a result of ingesting:

  • Alcohol
  • A controlled substance
  • A drug
  • A combination of two or more of those substances
  • Or any other substance into the body

The driver has a blood alcohol content level of:

  • 0.08% or higher for anyone 21 years of age or older
  • 0.04% or higher for commercial drivers
  • Any detectable amount of alcohol in anyone under 21 years old

Penalties of Intoxication Manslaughter

Intoxication manslaughter is a Second Degree Felony and carries severe penalties. It is crucial that you obtain the legal representation you need to avoid a conviction.

If charged with intoxication manslaughter, an offender may face penalties such as:

  • Imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a period of time between 2 – 20 years
  • A maximum fine of $10,000
  • License suspension and/or revocation

Intoxication manslaughter may become a First Degree felony if a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician are killed as a result.

First Degree felony punishments in Texas include:

  • Imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a period of time between 5 – 99 years or for life
  • A maximum fine of $10,000

Additional DWI Penalties

In most cases, Texas prosecutors charge the offender with both intoxication manslaughter and driving while intoxicated (DWI). As a result, the offender must face the consequences of both a DWI and of intoxication manslaughter on his or her criminal record.

In addition to the penalties for intoxication manslaughter, potential DWI penalties include:

  • Fines ranging from $2,000 – 10,000
  • Jail time ranging from 72 hours – 10 years
  • License suspension ranging from 90 days – 2 years

The fines and time periods are determined by the severity of the situation at hand.

Defenses to Intoxication Manslaughter

A driver charged with intoxication manslaughter may not plead mistake or accident as a defense to the crime therein. However, because of the severity of the consequences a convicted driver may endure, it is important that he or she seeks a strong legal defense.

The trial attorneys at the Wilder DWI Defense firm are extremely qualified in DWI-defense matters, with a proven track record of success. Contact the DWI Trial Attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.

Dial (214) 855-7737 now and begin building your defense.

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