Manslaughter charges are significant criminal charges and can carry significant potential penalties based on the situation and circumstances. For that reason, individuals who are facing manslaughter charges should be familiar with the criminal defense options available to them. Each accused individual has important rights available through the criminal justice system and the preservation of these rights is essential to ensuring they are protected.
What is manslaughter?
Manslaughter generally refers to a killing that would be murder if there were some type of premeditation but there was not. Manslaughter charges are felony charges. Manslaughter refers to some type of killing that was unintended. Manslaughter charges can result in an incarceration sentence between two to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Penalties range based on the specific situation and circumstances. The prosecutor charging manslaughter must demonstrate that the accused individual acted recklessly in causing the death of the person.
Defenses to manslaughter charges
There may be several different possible defenses to manslaughter charges including insanity defense, self defense, heat of passion defense (such as the accused individual was provoked to commit the killing because of fear, rage, terror or other extreme emotion).
Whenever an accused individual is facing criminal charges, they are facing possible incarceration and fines. Accused individuals have the right to criminal defense protections. It is important that they are familiar with these rights to ensure they are protected. Building a strong criminal defense strategy is important when an individual has been charged with a crime as serious as manslaughter and accused individuals should be prepared to build their defense.