In order to prove intoxication manslaughter in Texas, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant operated a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, and by reason of that intoxication, caused the death of another. Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony, punishable by between two and 20 years in prison.
In Texas, Harris County has set the standard for aggressive prosecution of intoxication manslaughter cases. Even though most people charged with DWI manslaughter are first-time offenders, the state almost always pursues a prison term.
Intoxication manslaughter cases, like any homicide case, are very difficult for a lawyer who lacks the proper training and experience. Surviving family members often demand that someone is held accountable, and these cases often attract significant media attention. If you or someone you love faces intoxication manslaughter charges, you should hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The Cogdell Law Firm, has substantial experience protecting the rights of people who have been charged with serious felony crimes such as intoxication manslaughter. We protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome.
In every criminal prosecution, the state must prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. In cases involving allegations of intoxication manslaughter, the state must take care to gather and preserve evidence of your alleged intoxication. In many instances, this evidence is unreliable due to erroneous evidence gathering, improper analysis or inadequate expertise on the part of the State's witnesses. Dan Cogdell and our team fully understand the technical and legal defenses to these charges and will mount a strong defense backed by a strong presence in the courtroom.
Defending Individuals Facing Felony DWI
Dan Cogdell also takes felony DWI cases in which an individual faces enhanced penalties due to multiple DWIs, child endangerment or other aggravating factors that can elevate an ordinary driving while intoxicated case to a felony. Our law firm has successfully helped many clients who are in the public eye, including CEOs, politicians, physicians, attorneys and others who have everything to lose if convicted of DWI, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony charge.
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