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Manslaughter vs. Murder

Manslaughter is defined as the killing of another human being without premeditation, malice aforethought, or deliberation. Manslaughter is not simply a lesser degree of murder—it is a serious criminal offense all on its own. The main difference lies in the intent. In order for someone to be convicted of murder, there must have been malice aforethought.

It is important to understand there are two different types of manslaughter:

  • Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of another with circumstances that may make the crime less severe. In most cases, individuals charged with manslaughter are provoked. If it can be proven the individual was sufficiently provoked, a charge of murder could end up being reduced to manslaughter. Penalties for this crime include fines, probation, community service, and between 3 to 11 years in prison.
  • Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of another individual without intent. Involuntary manslaughter can be as a result of criminal negligence or an unlawful act. For example, a negligent driver who causes a fatal car accident could be charged with this crime.

Taking on Even the Toughest Charges

There are many grey areas in manslaughter cases that can open the door to an aggressive defense. You must realize, however, that manslaughter is a serious crime that can result in prison time and steep fines. How severe these will depend on how vigorously your attorney can represent you under the circumstances. There are tried and tested defenses to manslaughter charges that can be applied to your defense strategy. Our firm will investigate the facts and challenge any evidence illegally obtained. At Okabe & Haushalter, our firm is headed by Ryan J. King, who is a former deputy district attorney. His prior experience gives us insight on how the courts generally rule in these cases and how a prosecuting attorney will plan their case.

Don’t go up against the prosecution unprotected!

When facing charges of manslaughter, you cannot take the risk of having anything less than excellent service. Your life and future depend on it. Our attorneys are committed to handling each case with the professionalism, attention to detail, and ethical standards our firm is known for providing. Our reputation for success has earned us the recognition as a premier criminal defense firm. Our defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are nationally known and recognized legal analysts for CNN and Headline News. We have also played a role in many complex, high-profile cases such as the Michael Jackson case, the O.J. Simpson case, and many others.