Manslaughter is the unintentional or reckless killing of another person. When you are accused of a crime of such magnitude, your life can quickly be in turmoil, and your future may be unclear. While you may be affected by completing an act that you had never contemplated, it is important that you quickly seek legal counsel and advice from a seasoned manslaughter defense attorney.
Types of Manslaughter Cases
19.04 of the Texas Penal Code provides the definition of manslaughter in Texas. A person may be convicted of slaying another individual even if he had no intention to kill. The perpetrator’s actions must be considered “reckless” in order for a prosecutor to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt. All manslaughter crimes are charged as second-degree felonies.
A person may be charged with manslaughter in a variety of instances. Some examples include:
- Intoxication Manslaughter: A defendant killed a driver, passenger or pedestrian when he was driving drunk.
- Criminally Negligent Homicide: A person who is under the care or supervision of the defendant dies because of his careless actions.
- Assisted Suicide: If a health care provider or other individual helps another person to successfully commit suicide, he may be charged with this crime.
Possible Penalties for a Manslaughter Conviction
If you are convicted of manslaughter, you may face between two and 20 years in prison. You may also be charged with a $10,000 fine and be ordered to complete up to 240 hours of community service. Additionally, you will most likely face personal and professional repercussions if society perceives you as a killer. You can lose a professional license or experience difficulty in securing gainful employment. You can also go through the rest of your life labeled as a convicted felon.
Get Help from a Houston Manslaughter Attorney
If you are confronted with serious charges of manslaughter, it is critical to your defense to retain the services of a qualified manslaughter lawyer.
Please contact the Gilligan Law Firm to schedule a FREE consultation at (713) 529-9200