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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

Voluntary 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.

Involuntary manslaughter:

  • 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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