According to the Texas Penal Code, a person is charged with manslaughter if he or she recklessly causes the death of an individual. Prosecutors must prove that a defendant’s reckless action resulted in the death of another.
It is important to note that there are specific types of manslaughter charges in Texas, such as intoxication manslaughter. A person can be charged with this if they recklessly cause the death of another while intoxicated.
A second-degree felony is the punishment for any manslaughter charge. This can result in imprisonment of two to twenty years and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.
Sadly, in late October, a woman was killed in Tomball when a drunken driver crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into her vehicle. According to KHOU.com, Heather Green is the suspected drunken driver, and she now faces intoxication manslaughter charges.
Can I Seek Compensation From People Facing Criminal Charges?
Many people do not realize that there are two court systems: criminal and civil court. If a negligent person has injured you, you may still seek compensation from him or her even if he or she is facing criminal charges.
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