Intoxication Manslaughter DWI in Texas
Representation from a Felony DWI Lawyer in San Antonio
One of the most frightening experiences you may have is being involved in a car accident. Car accidents often involve injuries and property damage. The worst scenario may involve a death. If you're charged with driving while intoxicated following an accident that involved a death, you may face charges beyond drunk driving, such as a second-degree felony charge for intoxication manslaughter.
Intoxication Manslaughter Vs. Involuntary Manslaughter
In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is defined differently from involuntary manslaughter. Intoxication manslaughter occurs when an intoxicated person operates a motor vehicle in a public place and, as a result of intoxication, causes the death of another by accident. It is the only state with a charge of this kind of the books, and prosecutors come down hard on those accused of this crime.
If you have been accused of intoxication manslaughter or any other defense, Attorney Guillermo Lara can stand by your side. With a proven track record, San Antonio relies on his skill when accused of a crime! Contact him now for the legal advocacy you need during this time.
Key Elements For an Intoxication Manslaughter Charge
In order to be convicted of intoxication manslaughter, there are three important elements that must be proven by the prosecution. First, it must be shown that a death occurred in direct connection to the accident. Second, you must have voluntarily been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Someone that was unknowingly given an intoxicating substance cannot be convicted of intoxication manslaughter. Finally, it must be proven that you were in control of the vehicle when the accident occurred.
- Penalties for intoxication manslaughter include, but are not limited to:
- Two to 20 years in prison
- $10,000 in fines
- Performing 240 to 800 hours of community service
Your rights and future are on the line when you have been accused of intoxication manslaughter. A DWI lawyer can help you stand up for yourself and your rights, securing the best possible outcome. Give yourself the chance to win!
Safeguarding your Future
Manslaughter cases require the prosecution to prove you were not only guilty of the act, but also had some recognition of negligence when it was committed. However, intoxication manslaughter law allows the prosecution to have a lower standard of proof of the "guilty mind." In other words, they must only prove you were intoxicated. Contrary to what you may believe, you may still be able to win your case. When you retain Attorney Lara, you may have an improved chance of protecting your future.
Attorney Lara is aggressive in his pursuit of your freedom. He approaches your case with dismissal in mind and does everything he can to help you achieve your desired outcome. Fighting a felony DWI charge can be challenging to do on your own, which is why you should allow Attorney Lara to handle your case for you. From visiting the scene to consulting with experts, he does it all with the utmost persistence.
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