Intoxication Assault/Intoxication Manslaughter
Travis County & Austin Intoxication Assault & Manslaughter Attorney
Despite the public awareness of the perils of drinking and driving, car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. This is one of the reasons that DWI and DUI laws are strictly enforced in Texas, and the most serious charges are intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. A conviction can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, significant fines, probation and other penalties. Ultimately, defending these charges requires the knowledge and skills of an experienced DWI defense attorney.
I have successfully designed defense strategies for individuals charged with intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. My team is well versed in the law and scientific evidence involved in these types of cases and will work to secure your freedom and restore your reputation.
What is intoxication assault in Texas?
Under Texas Penal Code §49.07, a person commits an offense if he, by accident or mistake, while operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, by reason of that intoxication causes serious bodily to another.
Intoxication Assault Penalties
Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
What is Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas?
Under Texas Penal Code §49.08, a person commits an offense if he operates a motor vehicle in a public place and is intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication causes the death of another by accident or mistake.
Intoxication Manslaughter Penalties
Intoxication manslaughter is considered a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Intoxication Assault and Manslaughter Defense Attorney
My team is keenly aware that there is zero tolerance in Texas for driving while intoxicated that results in bodily harm or death. This means that intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter are vigorously prosecuted and a conviction will result in harsh penalties. At the same time, we know that these DWI crimes are committed by good people from all walks of life who are not hardened criminals.
Nonetheless, intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter are serious offenses that are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. A conviction will lead to a loss of your freedom, cause damage to your reputation and become a hardship for your family. If you are facing these charges, that does not mean you will automatically be found guilty, however. The prosecution must be able to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you were intoxicated and that your intoxication caused serious bodily injury or death to another.
My dedicated legal team will conduct an extensive investigation which includes obtaining and reviewing police reports and medical reports, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and determining other causes of the accident, including the possibility of the other parties fault. Although these are the most difficult DWI charges to defend, we are uniquely qualified to handle these cases. If you have been charged with intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter, please call me at 979.968.3783 or fill out a contact form to schedule an appointment.