If you are facing a manslaughter charge, you likely understand the seriousness of your situation and the need for expert legal advice. Manslaughter is a Second Degree Felony and carries a possible state jail term of anywhere from two to twenty years.
How Texas Defines Manslaughter
Under Texas law, manslaughter occurs when someone “recklessly causes the death of an individual.” Manslaughter charges are brought when a person did not intend to kill another person, but their actions showed a disregard for the likely consequences.
Examples of manslaughter may include:
- Getting into a fistfight with another person, and continuing to kick or punch that person after he fell to the ground and was unable to defend himself.
- Pushing someone on a hard, slippery surface, knowing that there is a strong possibility that the person may hit their head on the ground and suffer serious injury or death.
- Driving drunk, and killing a person as a result (intoxication manslaughter).