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Although drunk driving is associated with harsh penalties, a DWI involving the death of another individual can lead to more severe consequences. Since the dangers of drunk driving are well known and documented, Texas prosecutors and the victim’s family always seek to punish defendants charged with intoxication manslaughter—to the fullest extent of the law. Intoxication manslaughter is considered a felony DWI in Texas.

If you have been arrested for intoxication manslaughter, Smith & Vinson Law Firm can protect your rights and future throughout the legal process. Our Austin legal team can investigate your case, collect evidence, and build an effective defense strategy to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed altogether.

Texas Intoxication Manslaughter Laws

If a person knowingly becomes inebriated from alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both, then operates a motor vehicle and kills another individual, he/she has committed intoxication manslaughter. On the other hand, if you unknowingly consumed a controlled substance and became impaired, you are not at fault for causing death. While manslaughter is not as serious as murder, the former is still punishable by harsh penalties. The specific penalties are based on the circumstances of the case.

Texas law allows for “stacking” of punishments for both intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. This means that if there was more than one victim, multiple counts can be charged and the punishments can be added together to run consecutively. This is very different than most felony punishments in Texas that run concurrently, or together.

Texas Intoxication Manslaughter Penalties

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony in Texas, which carries the following penalties:

  • Between 2 to 20 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

However, if more than one person is killed or injured in a car accident, a defendant could face separate intoxication manslaughter or intoxication assault charges for each victim.

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Just because you have been arrested doesn’t mean that you are guilty. Our Austin intoxication manslaughter lawyers can determine all your legal options to obtain the best possible results. Do not wait to take immediate legal action.

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