Manslaughter Defense Lawyers
Manslaughter involves the killing of another person without premeditation, aforethought or malice. It is different from murder, which is the malicious killing of another person. Manslaughter can be either intentional or unintentional. Unintentional manslaughter occurs when someone causes the death of another person through recklessness or a wanton disregard for human life. This could be a violent assault that accidentally results in death or a negligent act or omission that causes a death. Intentional manslaughter occurs when one person kills another in the ‘heat of passion’. This usually involves an extreme provocation in which the court finds it understandable that a reasonable person would lose control of their actions.
Intentional manslaughter can also occur through be charged if a death occurs during an incident of mutual combat. However, it is sometimes the case that the defendant was acting in self-defense or that they were acting in the defense of another. Often in these situations, the defendant will be falsely accused of murder or manslaughter by law enforcement and repeatedly harassed for a statement of confession. If this happens exercise your right to silence and contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Only your criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain what really happened to law enforcement. If necessary, they can stop the police from gathering evidence and confessions, and begin building a criminal defense strategy during this early stage of the criminal process.
Those who are charged with manslaughter face the prospect of a long incarceration. First degree manslaughter could lead to up to 25 years in prison. To avoid these outcomes, you need a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in homicide defense. Since the punishments are so severe, it is important that the prosecution and law enforcement has gathered sufficient evidence to warrant a conviction. It is the job of the criminal defense team to find holes in the prosecution’s evidence, and look for faulty procedures by law enforcement personnel.
Our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend our clients against any charges of manslaughter. Using our private investigators, we can question witnesses and gather evidence that proves innocence rather than guilt. Accusations of manslaughter require a close examination of the facts. This includes what happened, the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime, and the mindset of the defendant at the time it occurred. All of these things should be taken into consideration when determining whether the defendant is criminally responsible.
Manslaughter is one of the most serious charges that you could face. If you or a loved one have been charged with or are under suspicion for manslaughter get the best criminal defense possible. Contact our criminal defense team as soon as possible to receive a free attorney consultation.