Texas DWI Defense Attorney Discusses Intoxication Manslaughter

A recent tragedy on a Texas freeway serves as a reminder of the types of things that can happen when people get behind the wheel when they are under the influence of alcohol. A man drove a large truck in the wrong direction and caused a fatal chain reaction crash. The wreck killed one woman and injured a number of other people. A three-year-old child got critically injured in the crash. The driver has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The effects of this motor vehicle wreck on the lives of everyone involved are going to be far-reaching. The family of the woman who got killed in the crash is mourning her loss, and their journey will continue as the defendant’s case proceeds through the criminal justice system and long after that. The accident victims who got hurt in the wreck, along with their families, will be trying to recover from those injuries as they try to make sense of what has just happened in their lives. Everyone who was involved in the crash is likely to have experienced both physical and emotional trauma, and both types of injury can take a long time to heal.

The lives of the defendant and his family will also be impacted in numerous and significant ways. He faces criminal charges that carry with them the possibility of incarceration, financial penalties, and other requirements, and he could also be held financially responsible for the accident victims’ injuries and losses in one or more civil suits. If the defendant is convicted, he could have difficulty maintaining employment and/or finding jobs in the future.

It is important that all Texas drivers know that they could face both civil and criminal charges if they cause an accident while they are driving under the influence of alcohol. It is also important that drivers know that the success of any civil suits that are brought does not depend upon whether any of the criminal charges are successfully prosecuted. You could get cleared of any criminal charges that were brought against you after the crash while still being held liable in one or more civil actions for the injuries and/or losses that you caused.

If you have been charged with DWI, either with or without additional charges like intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of Texas DWI defense attorney right away. There are many things at stake in any DWI case, and the sooner you seek advice from someone who can help you protect your rights and your interests, the better. You do not have to face your charges alone. Your Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you understand the charges that have been brought against you, and they can also help you understand what your options for resolving your case might look like.  Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has served numerous DWI clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years, and it is possible that he could help you, too. Please call his office today, at 214-521-4567.


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