If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality, it can be a very difficult and uncertain time. A manslaughter accusation carries strict penalties if you’re convicted, including a minimum prison sentence, probation, and fines. A manslaughter charge may be difficult to understand without the appropriate knowledge and legal representation. If you have been involved in an accident and are now facing manslaughter accusations, it’s vital to your case that you contact the experienced Tampa Bay Manslaughter Attorneys at the Khonsari Law Group.
What is Manslaughter in Florida?
Manslaughter is the illegal killing of another person, which doesn’t involve malice aforethought, meaning there were no malicious, predetermined, or planned actions. Manslaughter is not classified as murder and carries less severe charges. There are several types of manslaughter charges that you can be accused of based on the circumstances of the event.
Types of Manslaughter Cases
There are two main types of manslaughter charges — voluntary and involuntary.
Voluntary Manslaughter is often referred to as a “heat of passion” crime. These cases typically arise when a person is provoked and kills the person who provoked them in the heat of the moment.
Involuntary Manslaughter is when a person recklessly disregards a substantial risk resulting in the death of another. Involuntary manslaughter involves carelessness and non-purposeful killing, so it is a lesser charge than both murder and voluntary manslaughter.
Penalties for Manslaughter
A manslaughter charge is a felony and sentencing can differ greatly on a case to case basis. Without proper representation, a manslaughter conviction in Florida typically carries a jail or prison sentence of up to 30 years in prison. A permanent record of the conviction is typical as well, without the option to seal or expunge the criminal record.
What is the Difference Between Manslaughter and Murder?
Manslaughter differs from murder in that manslaughter is accidental, a “heat of passion” crime, or the result of another uncontrollable circumstance. On the other hand, murder is defined by Florida state law as the unlawful killing of a human being.
Although manslaughter is a serious charge, it is considered a lesser charge than murder, which carries much more severe penalties. A second degree murder charge will typically result in a prison sentence up to life in prison. First degree murder is considered the most severe conviction and carries a punishment of life in prison without chance of parole or the death penalty, depending on the circumstances.
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If you have been charged with manslaughter, contact the experienced criminal defense manslaughter lawyer team at KLG today. It’s imperative to your case’s success to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner we can begin investigating your case the better. Manslaughter charges become significantly more difficult to defend the longer you wait, as your attorney will need to speak with eyewitnesses, establish the facts of your case, and follow the court’s timeline. To schedule your free consultation with the Khonsari Law Group, please call our office or simply complete this Free Consultation form and one of our team members will contact you as soon as possible.
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