The unlawful homicide of another person that does not rise to murder, is called manslaughter. While homicide is the unlawful killing of a human being, manslaughter is a homicide with some mitigating circumstances to make it a less serious charge than murder. In general, there are two types of manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is a homicide that occurs because of adequate provocation and involuntary manslaughter is a homicide that occurs because of criminal negligence.
- How Does Washington State Define Manslaughter in the Second Degree?
- How is this different from Manslaughter in the First Degree?
- Is Manslaughter in the Second Degree the Same Charge as Murder in the Second Degree?
- What is the Penalty for Second Degree Manslaughter?
- Should I Discuss My Manslaughter in the Second Degree Charge with a Lawyer?
Second degree manslaughter occurs when a person dies due to the defendant’s criminal negligence.
Manslaughter in the first degree occurs when a defendant recklessly causes someone’s death or causes bodily injury to a mother and kills her unborn child. First degree manslaughter is a class A felony, which carries the strongest possible punishment under Washington State law.
A defendant convicted of second degree manslaughter will face penalties associated with a class B felony. It’s punishable by up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Yes. It’s important to discuss your criminal charge with a Washington criminal lawyer to understand how you can resolve this charge.