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.