Manslaughter vs. Murder
Manslaughter is the legal term used to describe the killing of another human. Unlike murder, manslaughter is considered to be less culpable based on the fact that a person's state of mind is not believed to include malicious forethought. In essence, manslaughter is not assumed to be an intentional killing, whereas murder is. Manslaughter charges imply a lack of prior intention to kill; murder charges imply that there was either an intent to kill or it was known that one's actions could lead to the death of another. Overall, manslaughter charges are less serious in nature than murder charges; however, this in no way allows for less serious defense.
If you have been accused of manslaughter in Florida, then you will be treated, under the law, a bit differently than defendants accused in other states. Unlike other areas, you will not be accused of either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. Instead, the state skips this breakdown and looks at manslaughter charges as one in nature, specifically attending to fact that negligence was likely involved in the killing of another human being. Regardless of whether or not the act was intentional, if a conviction for manslaughter is made, the Floridian on trial could face up to 15 years in state prison. The penalties increase under certain circumstances as well. Individuals charged with manslaughter of a child will face first-degree conviction punishable by up to 30 years in state prison. This true for manslaughter of the disabled or elderly as well. If a weapon was used, the charges against you will be raised to the next highest degree of the law.
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You should not wait to contact Parks & Braxton, PA if you have been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the state of Florida. The severity of your punishment could directly reflect the level of legal defense you employ in your case, so you need to make sure that you obtain sound legal counsel to aid in your defense. Failure to do so could negatively impact the status of your case as well as your overall future. We are a criminal defense law firm serving areas throughout Florida, including Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and more. If you are facing manslaughter allegations in the state then you should not wait to take action. Quickly obtaining the defense of an attorney at our firm could make a world of difference in the way your case plays out. In fact, it is almost sure to.
No matter what the specific circumstances of your case entail, we will be here to help you navigate your way through the legal process. With a former prosecutor on our team, we know what strategies opposing parties will try to bring to the table in order to convict you. We have taken this knowledge and developed our own set of defensive methods that can be employed when these issues arise. Thousands of cases have been successfully handled by our team, and we would like to make yours our next. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week we will be here to serve you.