Intoxication Manslaughter & Assault Defense Lawyers ·Serving Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas
Being charged with causing another person’s death or injury while intoxicated is a serious situation. If convicted of either intoxication manslaughter or intoxication assault, you face the possibility of a very lengthy prison sentence. Worse, if more than one person was killed or injured, the judge is permitted to stack each sentence—forcing you to complete each prison sentence individually. At Westfall Sellers, we have represented many individuals charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. Our criminal defense lawyers are committed to building a strong, effective defense to these charges.
Texas Intoxication Manslaughter & Intoxication Assault Defense
At Westfall Sellers, our defense attorneys have obtained favorable outcomes, including jury trial acquittals (not-guilty verdicts) and probation, in cases in which our clients were charged with all types of intoxication offenses, including:
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Intoxication Assault
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
Renowned Forensic Experts to Protect You from an Intoxication Manslaughter Conviction
These cases are complicated as most intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges result from traffic accidents. Westfall Sellers routinely calls on the nation’s leading accident-reconstruction experts to help analyze all data, leaving no stone left unturned. Oftentimes these experts can collect data most experts—including those who work for the prosecution—do not know exists. Drawing on decades of experience, our accident-reconstruction experts can re-create accident scenes down to the millisecond. Having a world-renowned accident reconstruction professional on your side often makes the difference in disproving the State’s theory against you and protecting your freedom.
Experience Defending Intoxication Cases
In Texas, these cases are further complicated by the wording of the laws themselves. In a prosecution for intoxication manslaughter or intoxication assault, the prosecution is not required to prove that the accused intended to cause the death. Nor is it required to prove that the accused recklessly caused the death. All the prosecution has to prove is that the person was intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication caused the death or serious bodily injury of another. Many times, prosecutors will seek a conviction only proving the accused was intoxicated and death or serious bodily injury occurred. An experienced defense lawyer will not let this happen. No matter who you decide to hire, your attorney must force the prosecutor to prove that intoxication actually caused the death.
What is a Deadly Weapon?
To many, the term “deadly weapon” refers to an object like a knife or gun. In Texas, however, a deadly weapon can be anything when used in a such a way that it is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death—namely, a vehicle. If a judge finds an offense included the use of a deadly weapon, the judge is statutorily prohibited from offering probation. Further, people convicted of deadly weapon offenses generally spend more time in prison as a result. If the state has alleged the use of a deadly weapon in your case, the stakes cannot be higher. Contact the experienced attorneys at Westfall Sellers today.
What are the Penalties for Intoxication Manslaughter or Intoxication Assault?
The punishment for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault can range from two to twenty years in prison. Additionally, these offenses carry fines up to $10,000. These prison sentences may also be lengthened through the use of various enhancements available to the prosecution. Prison, however, is not the only option. The attorneys at Westfall Sellers have obtained numerous not guilty verdicts and probation sentences for our clients charged of serious intoxication crimes. Call us today to ensure you have the best advocate standing next to you on your day in court.
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Contact the attorneys at Westfall Sellers if you or someone you care about has been accused of Intoxication Manslaughter or Intoxication Assault. Our attorneys are ready to stand up for your rights, reputation, and freedom. We can be reached by phone at (817) 928-4222 or by filling out the contact form below.