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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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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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