A charge of manslaughter refers to the unlawful killing of another human being, but without prior intent to kill.
It’s the least serious charge involving killing another human being, but is nonetheless very serious.
Manslaughter in South Florida is never deemed justifiable or excusable. It is, however, considered voluntary, involuntary, vehicular and/or aggravated.
Voluntary manslaughter occurs when you kill someone in “the heat of passion,” such as discovering your spouse in bed with someone else.
Involuntary manslaughter, also known as criminally negligent homicide, occurs when the death was the result of negligence, such as shooting a gun in the air on New Year’s Eve and the bullet hits and kills a neighbor.
Vehicular manslaughter occurs as the result of reckless driving, such as a DUI.
Aggravated manslaughter occurs when your negligence caused the death of a person under age 18, an elderly person or the death of fire or rescue personnel. Aggravated manslaughter is considered a first degree felony in Florida.
A conviction for any type of manslaughter in South Florida usually results in a prison sentence. Aggravated manslaughter is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, while other manslaughter convictions may result in incarceration of up to 15 years.
Because the stakes are so high, if you are accused of manslaughter in South Florida, it’s crucial to retain the most experienced legal representation possible.
Even though you may be charged with murder, homicide, or manslaughter, there are several defenses to these charges, which may include:
- Stand Your Ground and the Castle Doctrine
- Justifiable Use of Deadly Force
- Excusable Homicide
- Home Protection
At The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, we sift through all the facts of your case with a fine-toothed comb. We look for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case like faulty or insufficient evidence. We conduct our own investigations and hire our own experts to review the evidence and help us design the most aggressive, compelling defense possible.
To ensure the best possible outcome, you need to place yourself in the hands of the most passionate, knowledgeable and skillful South Florida defense attorney possible – Joshua W. Deckard. The rest of your life depends on it.
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