As severe are the consequences for Criminally Negligent Homicide, Manslaughter, and Intoxication Manslaughter, sometimes law enforcement finds itself wanting to “go above and beyond” to impose even harsher punishments when a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident under unique circumstances.
Recently, law enforcement and prosecutors have taken advantage of “loopholes” in the law to charge individuals with a specific form of Murder, commonly referred to a Felony Murder, when a person causes an accident resulting in death. While Murder commonly involves the “intentional and knowing” causing of another person’s death, even if a person is accidentally killed in a motor vehicle accident, if the State of Texas can establish the commission of any of a number of various felonies during the course of the accident, that defendant can find themselves charged with Felony Murder, a first degree felony where the accused faces up to life in prison.
These typically involve common felonies like Driving While Intoxicated – 3rd Offense, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, but can also involve other not so common offenses, particularly involving children, such as Endangering a Child and Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger.
Each one of these offenses require a strong, effective defense from a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer with the knowledge and experience with how to handle these cases. If you or a loved one is suspected of, arrested, or charged with any of these types of Vehicular Homicides, please contact Board Certified Criminal Lawyer Brent Mayr at 713-808-9613 immediately to help protect your rights and fight to secure your freedom.