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DWI Manslaughter

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Definition - What does DWI Manslaughter mean?

DWI manslaughter is unintentionally causing the death of another person while operating a motorized vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most states have vehicular homicide statutes which can make the conviction of DWI manslaughter simpler. Victims of DWI manslaughter may include passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, another motorist or the passenger in the car with the intoxicated driver.

Drivers convicted of DWI manslaughter will most likely face severe penalties, a potential jail sentence and a felony charge. Other DWI manslaughter consequences may vary by state and may include probation or loss of driving privileges. Penalties for DWI manslaughter may be more severe if the driver has prior DWI convictions or is currently on parole or probation.

Drivers convicted of DWI manslaughter should contact a DWI lawyer as soon as possible. DWI manslaughter is a very serious charge, and a DWI lawyer who understands state DWI laws can outline potential defenses and legal options.

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