What Is Manslaughter?
Manslaughter is defined as an unlawful killing that does not involve malice
aforethought. This distinction in its definition means that manslaughter
involves less moral blame than either first- or second-degree murder.
While manslaughter is a serious crime, the penalties resulting from such
an offense will be less than what they would be for a murder charge. The
two types of manslaughter are referred to as voluntary and involuntary
manslaughter. If you have been charged with either, do not hesitate to
contact our firm.
Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter
- This is often referred to as a "heat of passion" crime. This
type of incident occurs when a person is provoked to action that results
in harm to another person. People who act on heightened emotions may kill
intentionally, but it can potentially be argued that it was because of
these emotions that they were unable to fully control their actions. Such
circumstances reduce their moral blameworthiness.
- This is when a person's reckless disregard of a substantial risk leads
to the death of another. Because involuntary manslaughter involves carelessness
as opposed to purposeful killing, it is a less serious crime than voluntary
manslaughter or murder.
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With more than four decades of combined legal experience, we have handled
a number of manslaughter cases. We understand that, sometimes, the heat
of a moment can lead to actions that people would not normally commit.
We are dedicated to defending the futures of our clients who are facing
such charges. Your personal relationships, criminal record, and professional
license or career are at stake.
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