Manslaughter in Texas

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Manslaughter is the killing of one person by another in a manner that was not premeditated. While this violent crime is not as serious as murder, it is punishable by serious penalties and permanent damage to your personal and professional life.

If you are facing a conviction for manslaughter in Texas, The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. is ready to offer skilled and qualified legal counsel. Our Bryan and College Station criminal defense attorney can thoroughly evaluate your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed altogether.

Texas Manslaughter Law & Penalties

Texas does not officially use the term “involuntary manslaughter” or “voluntary manslaughter,” which are often recognized as separate offenses in most other states. Rather, the state combines the two into a single charge with enhanced penalties under specific circumstances.

The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant caused the death of another person in a reckless manner. As we mentioned before, there is no requirement for “intent” or “knowledge” on the part of the defendant. Other forms of manslaughter include intoxication and vehicular manslaughter.

This violent crime is considered a second-degree felony. This charge often carries a sentence between two and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Serious cases such as these require aggressive legal defense. Our Bryan and College Station lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and making sure that you are well informed through every step of your criminal case. Do not risk fighting these serious charges without experienced and reliable legal assistance.

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