If you have been arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter in Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller or in the surrounding cities of Tarrant County, you are facing a serious criminal charge that carries with it a 2nd degree felony punishment range of a minimum of 2 years up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Corrections (prison).
Under Texas Penal Code §49.08 a person commits the criminal offense of Intoxication Manslaughter if the person:
- 1.Operates a motor vehicle in a public place, operates an aircraft, a watercraft, or an amusement ride, or assembles a mobile amusement ride; and
- 2.Is intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication causes the death of another by accident or mistake.
It is important to recognize that the prosecution will be required to prove more than the elements of driving while intoxicated and that an individual involved in the accident died. Many times, the most contested issue in an Intoxication Manslaughter case is causation. Texas law requires that the prosecution prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the death that resulted from the accident occurred because of intoxication.
In addition to a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of 2 years up to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections, an Intoxication Manslaughter conviction will result in large fines, court costs and the suspension of your Texas driver’s license for a period of time ranging from 180 days to 2 years. If you receive community supervision (probation) in Tarrant County for your Intoxication Manslaughter, you will be required to complete all of the probation conditions of a DWI (1st offense) as well as the following: a minimum of 120 days in Tarrant County jail as a condition of your probation.
If you have been arrested and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter in Fort Worth, Arlington, Keller or in the surrounding cities of Tarrant County, you are facing a 2nd degree felony charge that threatens your freedom and your way of life. You need an experienced team of Fort Worth DWI attorneys who have DWI trial experience and are not afraid to explore every legal option to protect your freedom and ensure your legal rights are protected.
At The Hampton Law Firm, you will find a Fort Worth DWI law practice that is different from other Fort Worth DWI lawyers because we provide the citizens of Tarrant County with a DWI trial team approach that evens the odds and provides the best possible DWI defense for your DWI case. Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation.