Understanding Manslaughter Charges
The laws surrounding the killing of another human being can be complicated depending on the intention of the individual responsible for the crime. Establishing the accused individual's intent can make all the difference in a case involving the loss of a life. With this in mind, it is important to understand the difference between murder and manslaughter. Unlike manslaughter, murder is a premeditated, or planned, action that results in the death of another individual. Because manslaughter does not entail the full and knowing intention to kill another person, this crime carries with it lesser consequences. If you have been charged with manslaughter, it is essential that you secure a
criminal lawyer to handle your case.
Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may face either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter charges. Similar to murder, voluntary manslaughter means that the accused exhibited the clear intent to kill, but unlike murder, the individual in question did not plan out his or her actions in advance. Crimes of passion usually fall under voluntary manslaughter. On the other hand, individuals are charged with involuntary manslaughter for unintentionally killing another human being. Deaths in an involuntary manslaughter case are of an accidental nature. Even so, the individual responsible for these deaths are held accountable for the actions or negligence that resulted in the loss of a life.
At the Law Office of James A. Bullard, we know how difficult it must be to face serious legal repercussions for something you did not intend to do or were not planning on doing. Even if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, you can still face years in prison. Our firm will fight aggressively to establish the facts of your case and protect you from unfair or biased treatment. No matter what the circumstances of your case may be, a skilled attorney will greatly increase your chances of receiving a favorable verdict.