Understanding Manslaughter Charges
Manslaughter vs. Murder
Manslaughter is defined as the inexcusable and intentional killing of another human being, without premeditation, malice aforethought, or deliberation. Manslaughter is not simply a lesser degree of murder, it is a serious criminal offense, all on its own. The main difference lies in the intent. In order for someone to be convicted of murder, there must have been malice aforethought. A knowledgeable lawyer from our firm has the experience you will want representing you if you or a loved one has been charged with either murder/homicide or manslaughter.
It is important to understand there are two different types of manslaughter; voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of other individual with additional circumstances which may make the crime less severe, but does not excuse the killing. In most cases, individuals who commit manslaughter are provoked. Although the provocation does not justify taking a human life, if it can be proven that the individual was sufficiently provoked, a charge of murder could end up being reduced to manslaughter. Penalties for voluntary manslaughter include fines, probation, community service, and between 3-11 years in prison.
Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of another individual without intent. Involuntary manslaughter can be as a result of criminal negligence or an unlawful act. A negligent driver who causes a fatal car accident could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. When a fatal accident occurs because a construction foreman attempts to undercut expenses by skimping on vital construction materials and safety measures, he or she could be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
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