While it is considered a lesser offense than murder, manslaughter is still a serious criminal charge, resulting in heavy repercussions if convicted. Manslaughter is characterized by the reckless causing of another person's death. Under Texas law, manslaughter is a second degree felony and punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 20 years in prison.
Among the most common charges of manslaughter is vehicular or intoxication manslaughter. An individual incurs this charge when he or she causes the death of another driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Due to the devastating nature of the crime, courts are aggressive and relentless in their prosecution and judges are often unsympathetic to the accused. Intoxication manslaughter may result in penalties such as: