charges needs to have a great attorney on their side. Additionally, anybody
facing such serious charges should be aware of difference between voluntary
and involuntary manslaughter. Knowing the difference can significantly
impact one's ability to provide a solid defense.
What Is Manslaughter?
Manslaughter is a form of
homicide, which occurs when one human being kills another. The main difference
between murder and manslaughter is that the defendant in a manslaughter
case, typically has not planned or premeditated to kill somebody. In California,
three types of manslaughter charges may find you in court: voluntary,
involuntary and vehicular.
Charges of voluntary manslaughter often refer to a killing that occurred
in the "heat of passion." The classic example is when the husband
comes home to find his wife in bed with another man.
Intent to cause harm may be evident, but the plan to kill is not. The killing
takes place in the "heat of passion" before a rational thought
can be formed and the person charged with the crime may not have had time
in which to cool off.
Voluntary manslaughter carries substantial penalties but they are less
severe than premeditated murder.
Charges of involuntary manslaughter stem from a homicide that was completely
unintentional. Negligence and recklessness are commonly associated with
this charge. Unlike voluntary manslaughter, no intended harm is present.
For instance, the charge may stem from an auto accident or faulty construction
of a building that falls down.
Involuntary manslaughter often results in a prison sentence of less than
one year, but it may extend further depending on the circumstances. Sentences
tend to be much shorter for involuntary manslaughter charges than voluntary ones.
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