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Manslaughter

Legal Defense for Manslaughter

Criminal Defense Attorney in Kitsap County

Facing manslaughter charges can be emotionally upsetting and devastating for both you and your family. Being involved in the death of another person is traumatic enough, a lengthy probable prison sentence would only add to your problems. Manslaughter charges must be handled with an aggressive defense which only a distinguished criminal defense attorney can provide. Your choice of legal counsel can make all the difference and increase you your chances of success in your case. Ramirez & Walker, Inc. will work diligently to protect your rights so you can be with your family now and in the future.

Manslaughter is categorized into two parts: voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter covers a committed killing that is not legally justifiable, but also does not qualify as murder. These killings are considered to be intentional but there is no proof required for intent to kill, only the intent to commit an act that caused the death. A large number of these cases are heat-of-passion killings that would qualify as murder except for the fact that they were impulsive and probably provoked. The most common example of this would be a husband walking in on his wife in bed with another man and he instantaneously shoots the man out of rage. With voluntary manslaughter the act was not premeditated with malicious intent which is required to prove a murder charge.

Defending Culpable Negligence

Involuntary manslaughter is entails the unlawful act of killing another person unintentionally most likely due to a reckless act. Culpable negligence is an exaggerated version of everyday negligence when a person knowingly does something that would reasonably be the likely cause of their death or great bodily harm. A common example of involuntary manslaughter would be vehicular homicide when a drunk driving accident eventually led to a passenger's death, then the drunk driver would be held responsible. Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are considered to be second-degree felonies and are punishable for up to 15 years in prison. If you are facing these charged then time is of the essence. Contact the firm of Ramirez & Walker, Inc. today for aggressive criminal defense.