Intoxication Assault & Manslaughter
You will be charged with intoxication manslaughter if you ran into someone else and killed them, while drunkenly operating a vehicle.
Under § 49.08, a vehicle can mean any of the following:
- A Motor Vehicle
- An Aircraft
- A Watercraft
- An Amusement Ride
Prosecutors rarely offer probation for this crime, but usually, push the judges and jury for a prison sentence that can range from 2 to 20 years. If convicted of this crime, you may also be forced to pay a fine of up to $10,000. If probation is offered, 120 to 180 days in county jail will still be imposed. Community service ranges from 240-800 hours.
You will be charged with intoxication assault if you caused seriously bodily injury to another, but did not kill them. This situation is often charged as a misdemeanor offense until the state can establish the extent of the injuries (in which case the charges can be increased). Serious bodily injury has been defined as "injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ." Intoxication assault is a felony of the third degree. If you are convicted of this crime, you can face anywhere from a prison sentence of 2 to 10 years, with possible probation.
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These accusations are the most serious DUI charges that you can face—it is important that you take action immediately to protect your rights and your future. Prosecutors zealously pursue these cases so that you will need a skilled and dedicated advocate on your side. With more than 15 years of legal experience behind him, Attorney Steve O. Gonzalez is prepared to get to work on your case.
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