Assaultive offenses generally include assault, battery, domestic (or family) violence, aggravated assault, and homicide. These are very serious criminal charges. If you are charged or arrested for manslaughter you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers at Gunter, Bennett & Anthes are well-versed in assaultive offenses. Please note that the criminal laws in Texas involve a separate process when a juvenile is charged with a crime.
Of course, the highest level of assaultive offenses is homicide which includes manslaughter. These are very serious crimes. Generally, murder is where someone knowingly or intentionally causes the death of a person. Manslaughter is charged when a person recklessly causes the death of another person.
Punishment for Manslaughter
Manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. If a deadly weapon is involved this can signifiantly impact the sentence. If your case is dismissed, it is probably eligible to be expunged from your criminal record. We always encourage our clients to pursue an expunction if they are eligible. An expunction allows you to legally deny that you were ever charged or arrested for a crime. It is a very worthwhile procedure and one that we can help you with.