Misdemeanor Manslaughter

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Misdemeanor Manslaughter

Misdemeanor manslaughter is a homicide committed during a non-felony crime. This rule allows prosecutors to charge someone for a killing done during the commission of a crime with involuntary murder.

A murder charge requires a person commit homicide with malice. Homicide is simply the killing of a human being. Malice is intent. It could be intent to kill, causing serious bodily harm, a disregard for human life or Felony Murder Rule. All those requirements are missing when homicide occurs during a misdemeanor crime.

A person died, but there was no intent to cause the death.

Types of Misdemeanor

A non-felony crime is commonly referred to as a misdemeanor. It is less serious than a felony with a penalty of jail time. The following are the types of non-felony crimes:

What Is Involuntary Manslaughter?

Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a human being. The homicide is done because of the defendant’s criminal negligence or recklessness.

The elements of involuntary manslaughter are:

Should I Talk to an Attorney about an Involuntary Murder charge?

Although it is not a murder charge, a manslaughter charge is still a serious crime. Penalties include jail time. Yes, talking about your case with a criminal defense lawyer is helpful when building a defense to a charge like this.

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Last Modified: 11-14-2016 10:45 PM PST

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