The unlawful killing of another person without premeditation or so-called "malice aforethought" (an evil intent prior to the killing).
Our law firm is different from the rest because of our ability to defend those accused of a violent crime. We honestly care about the people who place their trust in us. Please call us now at (800) 209-4331 so we can start preparing your defense. Time is of the essence, so use it wisely. Call us right now.
Manslaughter Defense Considerations
Manslaughter is distinguished from murder (which brings greater penalties) by lack of any prior intention to kill anyone or create a deadly situation.
There are two levels of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary.
Voluntary manslaughter includes killing in the heat of passion or while committing a felony.
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a death is caused by a violation of a non-felony, such as reckless driving (called "vehicular manslaughter").
Examples of voluntary manslaughter might include:
Eddy Hothead gets into a drunken argument in a saloon with his acquaintance Bob Bonehead, and Hothead hits Bonehead over the head with a beer bottle, causing internal bleeding and death.
Brent Burgle sneaks into a warehouse intent on theft and is surprised by a security man, whom Burgle knocks down a flight of stairs, killing him.
Both are voluntary manslaughter. However, if either man had used a gun, a murder charge is most likely since he brought a deadly weapon to use in the crime.
The immediate rage in finding a loved one in bed with another followed by a killing before the passion cools usually limits the charge to voluntary manslaughter and not murder, but prior attacks could convince a District Attorney and a jury that the killing was not totally spontaneous.
An example of involuntary manslaughter might be:
Lenny Leadfoot drives 70 miles per hour on a twisting mountain road, goes off a cliff and his passenger is killed in the crash. Leadfoot can be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
If you are facing potential manslaughter charges, it is critical that you use a legal defense team with specific experience and expertise dealing with these types of charges. Call us at any time at (800) 209-4331 for a free, confidential initial consultation. Early intervention is critical to obtaining the best results.