Intoxicated manslaughter is, essentially, drunk driving resulting in a death. It is a second degree felony carrying a potential prison term of 2-20 years. Although a person charged with intoxicated manslaughter is eligible for probation, the person must serve a minimum of 120 days in jail as a condition of that probation.
Like in DWI cases, Broden & Mickelsen will be diligent in filing motions to suppress if there was no probable cause to arrest the person for intoxicated manslaughter. “Probable cause” is a legal term and is best analyzed by lawyers experienced in search and seizure law such as the lawyers at Broden & Mickelsen. Often if the judge determines that there was no probable cause to arrest the person, the charge may be dismissed or reduced. If a client elects to have a trial, we will zealously represent him at trial, aggressively cross examine the arresting officer and help him make the decision whether to testify on his own behalf. If he elects not to go to trial, we will zealously represent him to obtain a favorable plea bargain or perhaps a plea to a lesser included offense.