Facing Manslaughter Charges?
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Has another individual died because of your actions? You may be charged with the criminal act of manslaughter if you committed an unplanned or accidental unlawful killing of another human and if there was no malice aforethought. Manslaughter charges can be the result of driving recklessly and causing an auto accident or a number of other scenarios.
Understanding the Penalties You Face:
According to Fla. Stat. § 782.07, manslaughter is a second-degree felony offense, punishable by 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the court labels you a "habitual" offender, this prison sentence could be increased to 30 years. If you were charged, you need to obtain prompt legal representation in order shield yourself from the life-altering consequences of these penalties.
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Voluntary vs. Involuntary
Manslaughter charges can be charged under three different types, under Florida law, each with its own varying degrees of severity. One of the hallmarks of manslaughter charges "state of mind;" the prosecution must prove that there was a complete disregard for someone's life and that those negligence was what led to the victim's death.
These three types are as follows:
- DUI manslaughter
Voluntary manslaughter, the most serious type, is typically committed in the "heat of passion" and involves the intentional killing of another human being.
The second type of manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, is the unintentional death of another caused by negligence. You may be charged with involuntary manslaughter while you were committing a misdemeanor offense and your actions caused harm.
The third and final type of manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, is committed while driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An individual could face both a DUI in combination with manslaughter. There are two types of DUI manslaughter: vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and vehicular manslaughter with ordinary negligence.
Choose a Lawyer with Proven Results
If you or someone you know has been charged with manslaughter in Miami, you have a short period of time to build a strong defense case against your charges. You can find the tough legal representation you desperately need at this time when you call Parks & Braxton, PA. With over 40 years of collective legal experience, our distinguished defense team is capable of handling the most serious of criminal charges. We have successfully handled thousands of cases in the past, and we are not afraid of putting up a fight for you!
We provide you with a wealth of resources and legal knowledge to fight your charges with the best defense strategies. Act now and call a Miami criminal defense attorney at Parks & Braxton, PA as soon as possible!