Houston, TX- The charges filed against a Texas man accused of causing four traffic accidents in one day have been upgraded to include two counts of a intoxication manslaughter.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the charges against Blaine T. Boudreaux were upgraded last week after chemical tests showed he has amphetamines and Xanax in his blood stream when he caused four separate accidents, two of which were fatal, in late April.
According the Chronicle, Boudreaux caused the first of four accidents around 3:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Texas Medical Center. He rear-ended and vehicle and sent two people to the hospital.
Not long after that accident, Boudreaux struck and killed a homeless veteran. After that, he struck another car, but it is unclear if police were called to that scene, according to the Chronicle.
Then, shortly after the third collision, Boudreaux struck a Honda Civic, injuring the female driver and killing her 6-year-old son.
Boudreaux was initially charged with the leaving the scene of an accident, but those charges were upgraded to intoxication manslaughter and DWI after blood test results came back.
Boudreaux may have thought, like many drivers do, that he couldn’t be charged with DWI for taking prescription drugs. It doesn’t matter if a drug was legally obtained or not, if a driver is impaired because of drugs they can be charged with a DWI and face the stiff consequences. If a person causes serious bodily harm or death because of an intoxicated driving accident, the penalties are much stiffer.
In Texas, an intoxication assault carries a jail sentence of 2 to 10 years in jail; an intoxication manslaughter charges carries a penalty of 2 to 20 years in jail. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so clearly the stakes are high if a person is convicted of a DWI involving an accident.
Unless they’ve been there before, many DWI offenders aren’t entirely aware of the gravity of their charges sometimes don’t get the legal help they need. This could be a decision they end up regretting well into the future.
If you have been charged with minor or more serious DWI charges, you are urged to consult with a Texas DWI attorney. After learning the details of your arrest, a defense lawyer will inform you of your best course of action and begin working on your defense. Since, you can’t negotiate for a plea bargain and there is no look-back period in Texas, you need a dedicated and aggressive defense lawyer on your side.
USAttorneys has a team of tenacious DWI lawyers in Houston, and other areas throughout the state who will stand up for your rights. With legal assistance, a DWI offender can avoid conviction or argue for a more lenient sentence. How your case works out really depends on the steps you take soon after your arrest and if your first step is to contact a Houston DWI attorney, you increase your chances of a successful outcome.