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Posted on May 8, 2017 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo Intoxication Manslaughter Defense Attorney, Jesse Quackenbush of Quackenbush Law Firm has been representing clients with Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault charges for nearly 30 years.  Of all criminal offenses in Texas, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault are the most common charges encompassing all ages, genders, races, educational levels, socio-economic statuses and political affiliations.  In other words, anyone who drinks alcohol and drives a motor vehicle or boat is at risk of having an accident and either injuring or killing other persons.  No matter who the criminally accused happens to be, the maximum consequence of a guilty plea or verdict is the same.  Rich or poor. White or black. Old or young.  Educated or uneducated.  20 years in prison is the possible outcome!  This is true regardless of your lack of criminal record or status in the community.

In Amarillo recently, the son of a high-powered banker found out the hard way about tough jury sentences in Amarillo.  He was sentenced to 15 years in prison even though he admitted his guilt and threw himself on the mercy of the jury.  His prior criminal history involved low level misdemeanors.  His plea fell on deaf ears, at least in part because of decisions he or his attorney made at trial.  For instance, he tried to play a political blame game by testifying that Obamacare didn’t cover his alcoholism treatment.  Then, even worse, he blamed General Motors for faulty air bags in the victim’s Chevy Cobalt.  Neither of these idiotic tactics worked, and probably had an opposite effect of enraging jurors. This case serves as an example of just how important it is to choose the right attorney for your case. Bad decisions by your attorney may very well reduce your chances for a “not guilty” verdict and possibly cause a sentence harsher than deserved.

At Quackenbush Law Firm, we take these cases very seriously and know that prompt evidence preservation, controlling the client’s post arrest conduct and trial experience are keys to a winning strategy.  We immediately send evidence preservation letters to any bars or restaurants to preserve any exculpatory video of the premises.  A good video of the accused moments before an accident may be the only evidence to counter a hospital blood test which was failed.  Most bar security videos autoerase after just 30 days.  An attorney who doesn’t act aggressively could lose your only chance of remaining free.  Witness statements from bartenders, customers or wait staff are also crucial.  If needed, we also collect medical records to verify other reasonable alternative explanations for balance problems or failed HGN tests.  For instance, it’s not unusual for people with prior concussions to exhibit positive HGN signs or have issues with balance and memory.  Similarly, non-intoxicating medications can affect balance and cause drowsiness, either of which could be misinterpreted as signs of intoxication.  Diabetics often appear intoxicated if having issues with their blood-sugar levels, and may emit a sweet odor on their breath, easily mistaken for the “smell of an intoxicating beverage.”  If you or a family member have been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter, you need an attorney who is not afraid to take your case to a jury and knows how to win.

Any Amarillo Attorney can advertise in the Yellow Pages or on Google that they “handle” Intoxication Assault or Intoxication Manslaughter.  The only requirement in Texas is that the attorney have a law license.  How would you feel if you were to find out the morning of the trial that your attorney has never taken a case like yours to a jury trial?  By then, it’s too late!  You’re stuck and your life and freedom are in the hands of an inexperienced attorney.  Before hiring an attorney in your Amarillo Intoxication Manslaughter or Intoxication Assault case, ask him or her the following questions:

  1. Have you ever taken an Intoxication Manslaughter case to jury trial?
  2. What were the results of each case?
  3. How many felony criminal jury trials have you completed as “first chair?”
  4. What expert witnesses do you hire in these type of cases?
  5. Would you provide a list of satisfied clients you have represented at felony criminal jury trials?

If the attorney hesitates or refuses to answer these questions, RUN!  If you’re willing to pay “premium” attorney fees, make sure you are hiring a “premium” attorney with relevant experience.  Amarillo Intoxication Manslaughter Attorney, Jesse Quackenbush Offers Free Consultations. 806-374-4024.

If you have any questions or need legal advice, feel free to contact me directly at your convenience.

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