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.
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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defense attorney possesses the extensive insight of both sides of the courtroom and can
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