Intoxication Manslaughter

When you drink, alcohol can compromise your judgment, leading you to make unsafe, irrational decisions. It can also significantly impair your ability to operate motor vehicles such as cars or boats. Unfortunately, this all too often leads to a person’s accidental death. However, even if you did not mean to cause someone’s death, you can be held responsible for your actions while intoxicated.

If you accidentally kill someone due to your inebriated actions, you can be charged with intoxication manslaughter. This is a very serious crime that can result in jail time and heavy fines as well as the loss of your good name and reputation. Contact an experienced Dallas intoxication manslaughter attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today to begin working to develop your defense.

What is Intoxication Manslaughter?

Contrary to what many people expect, intoxication manslaughter is not solely caused by drunk drivers. In fact, under Texas law, you can be charged with intoxication manslaughter if you cause someone’s death while drunkenly operating a car, boat, aircraft, or an amusement park ride. Additionally, if you make mistakes in setting up an amusement park ride due to intoxication, leading to a person’s death, you may be prosecuted for intoxication manslaughter as well.

Second Degree Felony Consequences

In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a second degree felony. If you are convicted of intoxication manslaughter, you can face devastating consequences such as:

  • Imprisonment lasting 2 to 20 years
  • A maximum fine of $10,000
  • Community service for 240-800 hours
  • License revocation

Also, you may have to report your crime on job applications, school applications, and other official paperwork for the rest of your life.

Contact Us

Under U.S. law, you are still innocent until proven guilty. For help with handling your case, contact a tenacious Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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