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When one person takes the life of another through their own irresponsible or negligent actions, but they did not intend to kill that person, they have committed manslaughter. In Texas, a manslaughter charge is a possible second-degree felony; those who are found guilty face prison time. In addition, individuals charged with manslaughter can also face personal injury or DWI charges.
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Under Texas law, manslaughter charges are classified in three ways:
To obtain a conviction of manslaughter, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant caused the death of another due to negligence or irresponsibility. Each manslaughter conviction carries mandatory prison time of two to 20 years and fines up to $10,000. Intoxication manslaughter may include additional penalties of a minimum of 240 hours of community service and the possibility of a supervised release upon completion of the prison sentence.
Defendants are generally remorseful for the fact that they have taken the lives of others. Many are unable to deal with their own feelings because they are living with the judgment of society and the continuous scrutiny of the police, prosecutors and surviving family members of the victims. It is essential that defendants find an attorney with experience in manslaughter cases. Many defense attorneys are able to work with prosecutors to negotiate some type of plea agreement.
Houston attorney Shahin Zamir is a former prosecutor. He can offer his clients the experience of having represented cases on both sides of the courtroom. His expertise and compassion for his clients allow him to give an honest assessment of the case, while also providing an excellent defense.
Reach out to Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900 and schedule an appointment today if you are facing manslaughter charges in Houston, TX.