Intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter are two separate crimes. Manslaughter usually involves unintentionally causing someone’s death through reckless action. Intoxication manslaughter occurs when someone operates a motor vehicle (boat, car, motorcycle, etc.) and, through some accident, cause someone’s death. Including intoxication in this offense can lead to harsher penalties because the inclusion of mind-altering substances like alcohol can increase the likelihood and damages caused by the incident.
Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony. A conviction can lead to a fine of up to $10,000, two to 20 years in prison, and a driver’s license suspension for 180 days to two years. It can also impact someone’s ability to find a job, work in certain careers, and find suitable housing. If you or a loved one requires legal assistance for intoxication manslaughter, call (806) 372-5711 for a free consultation to discuss your case.