According to the Texas Penal Code, a person is charged with manslaughter if he or she Photo of a glass of alcohol next to car keysrecklessly causes the death of an individual. Prosecutors must prove that a defendant’s reckless action resulted in the death of another.

It is important to note that there are specific types of manslaughter charges in Texas, such as intoxication manslaughter. A person can be charged with this if they recklessly cause the death of another while intoxicated.

A second-degree felony is the punishment for any manslaughter charge. This can result in imprisonment of two to twenty years and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.

Sadly, in late October, a woman was killed in Tomball when a drunken driver crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into her vehicle. According to, Heather Green is the suspected drunken driver, and she now faces intoxication manslaughter charges.

Can I Seek Compensation From People Facing Criminal Charges?

Many people do not realize that there are two court systems: criminal and civil court. If a negligent person has injured you, you may still seek compensation from him or her even if he or she is facing criminal charges.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.