Federal Manslaughter and Criminal Homicide Defense Attorneys
There’s a lot to know about the crime of manslaughter in Texas. Unfortunately, the information you’ll find online can be deeply confusing. That’s because these cases are complicated, and different states use different definitions for manslaughter.
That having been said, manslaughter is always a serious matter, no matter how it’s defined. These cases involve the loss of life, an enormous tragedy that is never lost on us as federal manslaughter defense attorneys.
We also understand, though, that going to prison for a crime you didn’t commit is an unnecessary tragedy, too – and the government does very little to stop that from happening on its own.
False accusations, police error, and overaggressive prosecution all run rampant in Texas manslaughter cases. Government officials are desperate to solve these cases, and blame is too often cast in the wrong direction.
Ultimately, we are here to help you, whether you are entirely innocent or you were simply in a situation that got out of control. No one ever intends for manslaughter to happen – that is the very nature of the crime.
At Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, you will find judgment-free legal counsel and advice. We fight hard in every case we accept, and our goal is always to get the charges against you dismissed.
You can count on us to handle this case with delicacy, legal precision, and strategic aggression. We care about what happens to you, and we’ll show it.
Manslaughter vs. Murder in Texas
Manslaughter and murder each result in the loss of someone else’s life. The cause of death, though, and the defendant’s state of mind, help to determine the difference between them.
Murder is the more serious charge. It applies when the defendant allegedly planned the death and intended for the victim to die. Alternatively, the state might seek murder charges when defendant only intends to cause serious bodily harm or to commit a felony (other than manslaughter), and that course of action then leads to the victim’s death.
Prosecutors have an easier time proving manslaughter charges because, unlike murder, manslaughter does not require premeditation or intent.
The state merely needs to prove that the defendant acted recklessly, and that those reckless actions caused the victim’s death. You can be convicted even if the death was a complete accident.
That is why anyone suspected or accused of manslaughter in Texas must take swift action in his or her defense. We can help.
Intoxication Manslaughter: The Law in Texas
While most states punish people who drive while drunk and accidentally kill someone, the law in Texas is different from all of the others. It’s called intoxication manslaughter, and it exists in a state statute all its own.
Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony in our state. Conviction can carry serious penalties, including:
- Up to 20 years in prison (often including a minimum sentence)
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Loss of driving privileges
- Criminal record
- Mandatory community service (240 – 800 hours)
Unfortunately, intoxication manslaughter charges are often premised on field sobriety tests that simply can’t be considered reliable. Our federal manslaughter defense attorneys have successfully challenged a number of Breathalyzer tests, field sobriety tests, police station blood tests, and other blood alcohol content (BAC) tests.
No one should face decades in prison because a police officer relied on faulty evidence or an unreliable BAC test. Let our legal team fight for your freedom.
Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter in Texas vs. Federal Courts
Unlike other states, Texas does not distinguish between voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Accordingly, whether the defendant was in voluntary control of his or her reckless actions is generally irrelevant in Texas manslaughter cases.
The overwhelming majority of manslaughter cases are charged and tried in state court. But when manslaughter happens on federal property, results in the death of a federal official, or involves federal proceedings or interstate felonies, the federal government could pursue federal manslaughter charges.
The federal criminal code does distinguish between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Of course, both kinds are extremely serious. Any hint of a federal investigation in your case demands urgent attention from an experienced federal criminal defense law firm. Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP can help.
Talk to Our Federal Manslaughter Defense Attorneys
Hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. You deserve to have the very best private legal defense on your side.
To get started with a free consultation, please contact Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP right away by calling 1-888-356-4634 or submitting our online contact form.