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.