As severe are the consequences for Criminally Negligent Homicide, Manslaughter, and Intoxication Manslaughter, sometimes law enforcement finds itself wanting to “go above and beyond” to impose even harsher punishments when a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident under unique circumstances.
Being Charged With Manslaughter After a Car Accident in Texas
Recently, law enforcement and prosecutors have taken advantage of “loopholes” in the law to charge individuals with a specific form of Murder, commonly referred to a Felony Murder, when a person causes an accident resulting in death. While Murder commonly involves the “intentional and knowing” causing of another person’s death, even if a person is accidentally killed in a motor vehicle accident, if the State of Texas can establish the commission of any of a number of various felonies during the course of the accident, that defendant can find themselves charged with Felony Murder, a first degree felony where the accused faces up to life in prison.
Types of Offenses Resulting in Felony Murder Charges in Texas
These typically involve common felonies like Driving While Intoxicated – 3rd Offense, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, but can also involve other not so common offenses, particularly involving children, such as Endangering a Child and Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger.
Expert Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Vehicular Homicide Charges in Houston, Woodlands, Montgomery county
Each one of these offenses require a strong, effective defense from a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer with the knowledge and experience with how to handle these cases. If you or a loved one is suspected of, arrested, or charged with any of these types of Vehicular Homicides, please contact Board Certified Criminal Lawyer Brent Mayr at 713-808-9613 immediately to help protect your rights and fight to secure your freedom.