Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Punishment Levels for Manslaughter Charges

Manslaughter charges are those that are given to a person that has been involved in some type of accident that has caused the accidental death of another person, without having any type of malice or intention for causing the loss of life. There are also varying levels of this particular kind of charge, which includes involuntary, voluntary and vehicular manslaughter.

There are also a variety of other factors that are generally taken into account when a person is charged with this crime. An example would be if a person were driving while intoxicated by alcohol or some type of illegal drug substance when the death occurred.

When a person has been convicted of this crime, they can end up facing fines of no less than $500. In many cases, the individual will also face a jail or prison sentence as well. The length of the term a person will have to serve in prison will depend a great deal on the degree of manslaughter that they are charged with, along with other factors that surround the case.

Consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney can in many cases get a person’s manslaughter charges dropped from a felony down to a misdemeanor.

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