Manslaughter Attorney in Virginia Beach
What’s The Difference Between Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter?
Voluntary manslaughter refers to a
violent crime committed in the heat of passion or provocation with no malice or no careful
planning, but with intent. Malice is not similar to intent, since malice
is often associated with viciousness and evil. Intent is simply the commission
of an act on purpose.
Involuntary manslaughter is the accidental killing of someone while committing
an unlawful act which isn’t a felony. The most common examples are
motor vehicle accidents, specifically one where a driver is driving under
the influence, as well as reckless handling of firearms.
Punishment for Manslaughter
Both voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter is considered
a Class 5 felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of
10 years and/or a fine of up to $2,500. In some involuntary manslaughter
cases where acts are deemed as “gross, wanton and culpable as to
show a reckless disregard for human life,” you can be charged with
aggravated involuntary manslaughter, which is punishable by a maximum
prison sentence of 20 years.
Have Our Virginia Beach Criminal Lawyer Fight For You
If you are accused of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, the
Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller can protect your rights, reputation
and freedom. We are dedicated to establishing the facts surrounding your
case by conducting our own investigation into your case, gathering crucial
evidence, and helping you navigate the complexities of the legal system.
We provide criminal defense to clients throughout Southeast Virginia from
offices in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News and Virginia Beach. We understand
the severe circumstances surrounding manslaughter charges, but over the
course of 15 years, our Virginia Beach criminal lawyer has accumulated
an exceptional track record of success. There’s nothing more important
than seeing our clients get the justice they deserve.
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