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What is Manslaughter?

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When someone is accused of killing another person, you may automatically assume that murder charges will be filed. While this is possible, it is important to realize there are different types of criminal charges that can result after a homicide in Maryland. In addition to different degrees of murder, a person may also face manslaughter charges, which can be of varying degrees.

 

Voluntary Manslaughter

A person walks into their home and finds their spouse in bed with another person. In a fit of rage, they end up killing one of them in the bed. This type of situation may lead to voluntary manslaughter charges, which is commonly called a crime of passion.

If rage or another passionate emotion overtakes a person and it results in an unplanned killing, they may be charged with voluntary manslaughter. While less than intentional murder, this is a serious felony offense that can lead to up to 10 years in state prison if you are convicted.

 

Involuntary Manslaughter

Even if you accidentally killed someone, you can still face involuntary manslaughter charges if the prosecutor believes you were engaging in a criminally reckless or negligent act or a criminal misdemeanor (acts that are felonies are charged as murder). Some common acts that can lead to involuntary manslaughter include:

A conviction of involuntary manslaughter can also lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years, however, that sentence may be less severe if you were acting with criminal negligence or drunk driving, which carries a possible penalty of up to five years imprisonment.

 

If You Have Been Arrested, Call a Baltimore Homicide Defense Lawyer Immediately

If you are facing the extremely serious allegations of manslaughter or any other type of homicide or violent crime, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice is here to defend you and protect your rights. Our Baltimore homicide defense attorneys have extensive experience defending against very serious criminal charges, so please call as soon as possible at 410-288-2900 so we can begin working on your defense.

 

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