Drinking and driving is a serious problem that results in the loss of lives every year. To combat this problem, Texas lawmakers have enacted tough laws to crack down on drunk drivers. If you were recently involved in an accident when driving while intoxicated (DWI) that resulted in the death of another person, you can be charged with a felony offense and subject to severe consequences. Because you have so much to lose if convicted of DWI vehicular manslaughter, working with an experienced Austin defense lawyer is recommended.
An individual may be charged with DWI vehicular manslaughter if he or she operated a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% and caused an accident, resulting in the death of another person. If more than one person is killed, you could face charges for each fatality.
Vehicular manslaughter is a felony offense, which means that it is punishable by hard prison time. If convicted, you could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, 800 hours of community service, and up to $10,000 in court fines. You will also be labeled as a convicted felon and may face employment or housing difficulties in the future.
In addition to criminal charges, the victim’s family may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit against you in order to recover damages for the loss of their loved. The awards in wrongful death cases can get very large, having a significant impact on your finances for years to come.
Attorney Ken Gibson has dedicated his career to DWI defense. Thanks to his years of experience and training on the field sobriety and BAC tests, he is able to review the facts of your case in an effort to find any errors that may have led to your charge. In addition, he works with some of the top expert witnesses in the country, who can also investigate your case in order develop an effective defense strategy.
Facing a vehicular manslaughter charge is a stressful situation, but an attorney can help. To learn how Mr. Gibson can aggressively defend you against these serious accusations, please contact our office now to set up an appointment for your free case evaluation.