Houston Manslaughter Attorneys
Manslaughter Laws in Texas
Under Texas law, the crime of killing another person is defined as
criminal homicide. It is recognized that some killings are premeditated or are committed
intentionally under the influence of a heat of passion, and homicide cases
are referred to as
murder. Not all homicides, however, are murders. In the event that the perpetrator
of a homicide commits the act through some type of recklessness, the crime
is charged as manslaughter.
Penalties for Manslaughter
violent crime of manslaughter is a felony of the second degree, the sentence for which
ranges from a minimum of 2 years and up to 20 years in prison and up to
$10,000 in fines. Common examples of situations in which manslaughter
would be charged include fatal traffic collisions which are caused by
extremely reckless driving, as well as deaths caused by the careless handling
of firearms and other killings which are unintentional but for which the
defendant may be found to be at fault.
Intoxication Manslaughter in Fatal DWI Collisions
In the event that you have been accused of causing the death of another
person in an accident where you were operating an automobile or other
vehicle and were
driving while intoxicated (DWI), you can be charged with the crime of intoxication manslaughter. This
offense is a second-degree felony, with similar penalties to manslaughter.
In order to prove your guilt, the prosecutor will have to demonstrate that
you caused the accident by reason of your intoxication, since the fact
that you were driving under the influence at the time of the accident
is not sufficient to convict you.
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