Manslaughter: Explanation of the Charges

Being charged with manslaughter is one of the most terrifying experiences a person can go through in his or her lifetime. Distinguishing it from the violent crime of murder is not as simple as not meaning to kill someone. The three primary manslaughter charges people think of when manslaughter is charged are vehicular manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter. Each of these manslaughter types result in different consequences and require a specific kind of defense.

  • Vehicular manslaughter is when death results due to the negligent operation of a vehicle. These charges can become progressively more serious depending on the evidence.
  • Involuntary manslaughter implies a lack of intent to commit any kind of bodily harm. Examples include hitting someone after running a red light and a patient dying because a doctor failed to notice decreasing oxygen levels.
  • Voluntary manslaughter is when the killer had no intent to kill the person but did act in the "heat of passion" in an unjustified manner. An example of this would be if a person killed a passer-by thinking that that person was going to mug them.

No matter what form of manslaughter you are being charged with, it is crucial that you take these charges seriously and obtain legal representation from a knowledgeable lawyer.

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