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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 and Virginia Beach. We understand the severe circumstances surrounding manslaughter charges, but our Virginia Beach criminal lawyers have 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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