Facing Charges of Vehicular Homicide or Manslaughter?

Dallas Criminal Attorney Christy Harris Offers Legal Assistance

Photo of a Dallas car accident sceneThe state of Texas harshly punishes those convicted of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter. Both crimes may result in significant time in prison and heavy fines. If you are facing vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter charges in Texas, the state will often attempt to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.

You cannot afford to put your freedom in the hands of anyone other than an experienced Dallas criminal lawyer. Christy Harris tried over 100 cases while working for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Now, she advocates for the rights of those accused of criminal offenses.

How Are Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter Defined in Texas?

When a driver is speeding, intoxicated or otherwise negligent at the time of an accident and this negligence causes in the death of a passenger, pedestrian or other motorist, the individual may receive charges of vehicular homicide or manslaughter. This crime can also apply when individuals drive with suspended licenses, and it leads to the death of a passenger or another person.

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can result in serious accusations of vehicular manslaughter when an intoxicated driver kills someone. Texas also charges an individual with “intoxication manslaughter” when the alleged offender operates a motor vehicle in a public location, including on the water or in the air, and it leads to the death of another individual. In cases involving excess alcohol consumption, prosecutors do not need to prove that the accused acted with criminal intent, or a “guilty mind.” Texas takes cases of vehicular homicide very seriously and has harsh penalties in place for those convicted of the crime.

Texas Penalties for Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Manslaughter

Texas is one of many states with specific vehicular homicide statutes, which considers vehicles to be potentially dangerous weapons. Charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter can range from receiving misdemeanors for speeding and other issues of negligence to severe fines and prison sentences for vehicular crimes committed while intoxicated or with criminal intent. The state considers more severe cases to be second-degree felonies with potential sentences from two to 20 years in prison. The law also bases specific sentences upon previous history, the nature of the offense in addition to other factors.

Get the Defense You Deserve from Our Dallas Criminal Attorney

Vehicular homicide and manslaughter convictions force you to serve time in jail and leave permanent marks on your record, which can affect your ability to live your life the way you want. Contact Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris by phone at (214) 646-1818, and she may be able to provide experienced legal counsel when you need it the most.

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