If you’ve been charged with intoxication manslaughter in Houston, your choice of an attorney is a vitally important decision that can affect the rest of your life.
In Houston and throughout the state of Texas, if an intoxicated person operates a motor vehicle and causes the death of another person, it is known as intoxication manslaughter. This offense is categorized as a second-degree felony. Intoxication manslaughter is the highest level of intoxication-related crime in Texas. Anyone convicted of intoxication manslaughter in Houston can face very serious consequences, including hefty fines, loss of driving privileges, and mandatory jail time.
If you have been charged in Houston with intoxication manslaughter, your first priority should be to locate an attorney who will be on your side and help you face the overwhelming threat of being convicted of a felony.
Alli Cannon can help you present a well-planned and aggressive defense for your intoxicated manslaughter case. Since a conviction could have ramifications that will follow you the rest of your life, you need an attorney who is well-versed in all aspects of DWI law, and the science behind intoxication crimes.
Given the seriousness of an intoxication manslaughter charge, a Houston prosecutor will likely push hard for a conviction and harsh punishment.
Unlike a murder charge, which requires some conscious intent to cause harm, a manslaughter charge acknowledges that, while death was the result of your actions, it wasn’t intentional or pre-meditated. Even so, when someone dies as the result of criminal negligence, such as in the case of DWI manslaughter, the possible penalties are extremely severe.
If you are convicted of intoxication manslaughter in Houston, you could face the following penalties:
- 2 to 20 years in prison
- $10,000 fine
- Loss of driver’s license
- Hundreds of hours of community service
- Installation of ignition interlock device on your vehicle
- Required completion of rehab or alcohol education program
Understanding these issues and explaining them to a jury can be vital to your case. Contact Cannon Law today to start preparing your best legal defense in your case
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- Lance K.