When you go out for a night on the town, you never go out with the intent of committing a felony – especially intoxicated manslaughter in Texas. It’s common knowledge that driving while under the influence isn’t the best idea. If you’re caught, you’ll get a $2,000 fine and lose your license for up to a year. If a manslaughter charge is added to the list of charges, you are looking at much more severe consequences. However, having the right defense lawyer in your corner can make all of the difference in the world. Daniel Clancy and his team will fight for you and the best outcome for your case.
You’re charged with intoxicated manslaughter in Texas
Even if you weren’t responsible for the crash itself, you can still be arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. Naturally, these charges are more serious. You’re looking at a 2-20 year prison sentence and/or a fine of up to $10,000. In addition to these sentences, you’re also required to serve at least 240 hours of community service. Leave room for an additional 800 hours to be added at the state’s discretion.
If you’re trying to beat a charge of this caliber, you need to prove that, though you were driving while you were intoxicated, this wasn’t directly responsible for the victim’s death. Sometimes you can establish this through hard evidence like video footage or eyewitness testimony. Other times your lawyer will have to establish reasonable doubt around the circumstances of the accident. As an example, if you were driving with a .08 blood alcohol level and someone ran through a red light which resulted in a collision, your intoxication wouldn’t be responsible for the crash or any of the subsequent injuries or death. While you may be guilty of a DWI, in this example the other person would be legally responsible for the accident and therefore, their death.
The loss of any life, in any case, is heartbreaking. You need to take steps to avoid any chance of this happening. If you or someone you know is fighting an intoxicated manslaughter charge in Texas, Daniel Clancy will fight for you and fight for the best possible outcome.