Manslaughter Is A Second Degree Felony In Texas

If you have recklessly caused the death of an individual, you may be in danger of being charged with manslaughter. Under Texas Penal Code 19.04., this is a felony of the second degree. Depending on the circumstances, the penalties and sentences range from 2 – 20 years in prison and fines exceeding $10,000.

In many states the term voluntary or involuntary is added to the manslaughter charge and an involuntary manslaughter is a lesser charge. Texas does not have this distinction, however, they do define different types of manslaughter, such as vehicular manslaughter, when reckless driving results in a death, or intoxicated manslaughter when an intoxicated person causes the death of another. Any charge of manslaughter should be taken very seriously and you should have a well planned out legal defense if you are facing these charges.

State laws are constantly changing, so always consult with us if you are being charged with a manslaughter charge. Different types of legal defenses could include self defense, Insanity, or a Heat of Passion defense. Please contact our offices immediately if you are charged or in fear of being charged with a manslaughter second degree felony.

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