Manslaughter Charges

Manslaughter applies whenever the accused is acting recklessly, negligently or with a wanton disregard for human life. Justifiable homicides  people are considered justified in defending themselves or others.

California law also recognizes three types of manslaughter:

  • Voluntary manslaughter — Voluntary manslaughter pertains to instances when individuals kill victims spontaneously or in a moment of passion, for instance during a sudden and intense fight.
  • Involuntary manslaughter — Voluntary manslaughter applies to situations in which someone kills a victim without malice and without intent to kill, but with a conscious disregard for human life.
  • Vehicular manslaughter —Vehicular manslaughter laws apply to drivers who kill people when operating a motor vehicle in an unlawful manner, in the course of the commission of lawful acts that may produce unlawful deaths.
  • Justifiable homicide is an important subcategory. It allows a criminal defense attorney to argue that a client’s conduct is excusable self-defense and the person should not be found criminally liable. It applies in situations in which people believed that they were in imminent danger of any of the following:
    • being killed
    • suffering great bodily injury
    • being sexually assaulted, maimed or robbed
    • becoming the victim of some other forcible and atrocious crime.

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