In the state of Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a term that is distinctly defined by the Texas Penal Code. This code states that a person commits intoxication manslaughter and may end up in Harris County jails if he or she operates a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft in public while intoxicated, causing the death of another by either mistake or accident. This term also applies to clients who have assembled a mobile amusement ride while intoxicated and, as a result, another individual was killed. In these cases, a Houston criminal law firm may be able to help a client avoid harsh jail time by successfully defending them in a court of law.
Legal Intoxication levels vary from state to state; and in Texas, the legal limit for individuals is 0.08. Any level higher than that is cause to be charged with a DWI or intoxication manslaughter. States also differ in how they require the prosecution to prove negligence, and Texas residents are held to a somewhat more stringent standard. Unlike some states, in Texas it is unnecessary to prove that the defendant was actually negligent in causing the death of someone else or that they used the intoxicating substance illegally; it is only necessary to prove that he or she was intoxicated, operated a motor vehicle and that someone else died as a result. According to the Texas Penal Code, this type of offense is a second degree felony, and this felony is the reason many defendants end up spending time in Harris County jails.
If you or a loved one has been accused of intoxication manslaughter, or the lesser offense of a DWI, the attorneys at Musick & Musick are ready to help you defend yourself. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, and our lawyers are constantly working to learn the latest information about the methodology and processes behind impairment cases. The attorneys at the Houston criminal law office of Musick & Musick have a wealth of legal experience on both sides of the law, with several of our attorneys having worked for Houston law enforcement agencies and prosecuting teams. We spend every day in Houston courtrooms, providing our clients the absolute best in DWI and intoxication manslaughter defense, so let our expertise help you when you have been charged with one of these offenses. Call us today at 281-443-7747.