San Antonio Intoxication Manslaughter Lawyers
Helping You Avoid Life-Changing Penalties
If you have recently been in a car accident and another person involved in the collision either died or received extensive bodily harm, seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Law enforcement officials may try and prove that you caused the collision because you were impaired due to drugs or alcohol.
Prosecutors will also try to find any chink in the armor to destroy your defense, in a way that can destroy your reputation and good name, your job, your ability to get a loan or mortgage, and even your rights to visitation and custody. Our knowledgeable intoxication manslaughter attorneys in San Antonio can help you with a strong defense against the prosecution.
Crucial Aspects of an Intoxication Manslaughter Charge
Before the prosecution can convict you, they must be able to demonstrate three critical aspects of their case:
- They must prove that the death was directly caused by the accident, as opposed to another pre-existing condition
- They must show evidence that you willingly and knowingly drank enough alcohol or took enough of a drug that you lost your senses (if you were unknowingly given a spiked drink, for example, this would not count against you)
- They must demonstrate that you were the driver controlling the automobile when the crash happened
Severe Consequences for Intoxicated Manslaughter
When someone is involved in any form of car accident, there are bound to be repercussions but the penalties that result from being arrested or accused of committing intoxicated manslaughter are much harsher. First, depending on the seriousness of the injuries suffered by other parties, you may have to spend anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison. You will likely pay up to $10,000 in fines to the court, along with retribution to the involved victims. You may also be required to complete anywhere from 240 to 800 hours of community service when you are released from prison.
Representation You Can Trust
If you have been charged with intoxication manslaughter, you may find yourself stressed and overwhelmed. The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC is dedicated to standing by your side, analyzing the evidence against you, and building a strong defense based on the specific circumstances of your case. We know that your rights and freedom are on the line and we are ready to aggressively support you against the prosecution.