If convicted of killing someone while driving drunk, you could face up to two decades in prison, significant fines, and more. This is a serious crime that comes with major consequences. If you face intoxication manslaughter charges in Texas or believe you will face them, secure an attorney right away.
Call Eddington Worley today at 855-600-6695 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Possible Penalties If Convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas
In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code 49.08. The consequences you could face include mandatory minimums.
According to the Texas Penal Code 12.33, the sentence may include:
As a second degree felony, intoxication manslaughter calls for a mandatory minimum of at least two years in prison under Texas law. The maximum sentence for killing someone while driving drunk is 20 years in prison.
Texas law allows the Judge to require you to pay a fine of up to $10,000 for an intoxication manslaughter conviction.
Community Service & Driver’s License Suspension
In addition to serving jail time and paying a substantial fine, you may face mandatory community service and a driver’s license suspension.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Intoxication Manslaughter Charges?
You can face intoxication manslaughter charges if the accident involved a motor vehicle, a boat, or another vehicle.
Most commonly, the person killed in an intoxication manslaughter case is either:
- A passenger in the driver’s car; or
- The driver or passenger of another car; or
- A pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or another person.
You may face intoxication manslaughter charges immediately if the person dies within a few hours or days of the crash, or you may face lesser charges initially that are later increased after the death of the other person.
While many people only consider alcohol or illegal drugs when thinking of impaired driving, you can receive an intoxication manslaughter charge for taking anything that could interfere with your normal cognitive and physical abilities. This may include:
- Other illegal drugs
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- A combination of any of these substances
Let Eddington Worley Fight the Charges You Face
If you face intoxication manslaughter charges or believe you may, reach out to the DWI defense attorneys from Eddington Worley today. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and develop a defense strategy based on the facts of your case.
We may be able to:
- Prevent the District Attorney from filing these serious charges
- Negotiate a plea deal for a lesser charge
- Argue for an acquittal in court
- Negotiate a more favorable sentence
If the police arrested you or a loved one following a DWI car accident, and they believe impaired driving played a role in the accident, call us today at 855-600-6695. We can go to work for you immediately.
Talk to an Intoxication Manslaughter lawyer in Texas Today
If you face intoxication manslaughter charges, get someone on your side to protect your rights and argue for your best interests. At Eddington Worley, we are not afraid to aggressively pursue a more favorable outcome in your case. Let us review your case and take action. Call us today at 855-600-6695 to learn more.