Many people believe that they are able to drink a significant amount of alcohol and drive home afterwards safely. They never intend to cause a car crash and they would never want to hurt anyone as a result. But, unfortunately, by believing that they could drive safely with alcohol in their system, they were breaking the law and putting other people in danger.
When a car crash is caused by an intoxicated person, a fatality may occur. When someone dies as a result of another drunk driving, it would be loosely a true statement to say that the intoxicated person killed the deceased person. While this is true, the intoxicated driver would never have wanted to kill another and had no intention of causing harm. Cases like this, depending on the exact circumstances, would likely result in an intoxicated manslaughter charge.
What types of intoxicated manslaughter laws are there?
Generally speaking, there are two main types of intoxicated manslaughter charges. The first is intoxicated manslaughter with ordinary negligence. This means that while the person was irresponsible and broke the law in regard to driving while intoxicated, they were not extremely negligent. The more serious negligence charge is intoxicated manslaughter with gross negligence. This charge essentially means that the driver was intoxicated to such a high degree or driving so recklessly as a result of intoxication that a crash was almost inevitable.
If you were involved in an accident as a driver under the influence of alcohol and a person died as the result of the accident, intoxicated manslaughter is not the only possible charge. It is important to take action in order to assess the incident.