Manslaughter in California

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In California, manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of an individual without premeditation, deliberation or malice. Even though it’s less severe than a murder charge, manslaughter is still considered a serious crime associated with lengthy jail sentences and expensive fines.

If you have been charged with manslaughter, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney at Appel & Morse are committed to obtaining the outcome you desire. With over 30 years of combined experience, we have successfully defended our clients by providing the aggressive and customized defense necessary to protect their rights and freedom.

Manslaughter Penalties

There are three types of manslaughter charges under California law: voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. Any kind of manslaughter is typically considered a felony offense.

Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of another person in the heat of passion or in the midst of a sudden quarrel. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter is punishable by a maximum prison term of 11 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Involuntary manslaughter refers to the unintentional killing of another individual during the act of a non-felony crime or reckless conduct during lawful activities. A conviction for involuntary manslaughter is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of four years and fine of up to $10,000.

Vehicular manslaughter results in a death of another individual through the negligent or reckless operation of a motor vehicle. This includes behaviors such as drunk driving, speeding and sudden turns. Due to the variety of ways vehicular manslaughter is caused, it is considered a wobbler, meaning it can either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. Jail or prison sentences can range from one year to 10 years.

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