Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter
The most serious intoxication crimes involve a combination of DWI and either serious assault or homicide. “Regular DWI” becomes intoxication assault or manslaughter whenever someone suffers serious bodily injury or death. The injury or death can involve someone in your own car, someone in another car, or a pedestrian.
Selecting a DWI lawyer in these cases is a critical decision. The case’s consequences can last a lifetime. An inexperienced or “high volume” lawyer, however, can exacerbate those consequences, making them needlessly harsh. An experienced, battle-tested criminal defense lawyer understands not only how to attack a “regular DWI” case, but also how to challenge expert medical testimony and other evidence that the State needs to prove intoxication assault or manslaughter.
Punishment for intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter can involve 10- to 20-year prison sentences and hefty fines, even if the defendant has never been arrested. However, do not assume that all is lost. The lawyers at Shellist Peebles McAlister, LLP have spent nearly 60 years, collectively, defending intoxication cases as well as serious assault and homicide cases. We know how to dissect a case and press its weaknesses. We have obtained dismissals and jury acquittals. We force the State to its high burden and fight to keep evidence out of court any time an officer bends the rules. We have fought these cases in the trial courts as well as the courts of appeals. Give us the chance to earn your trust. Our team does not back down!