Manslaughter is a homicide committed without reason or justification but distinguished from murder by the absence of the element of malice aforethought. Malice is the intent, without just cause or reason, to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another. Today’s criminal statutes typically divide manslaughter into degrees, with the most common distinction being between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.
Killing in the heat of passion provoked by actions of the victim, which cause a reasonable man to act impulsively and without reflection is voluntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter results from an intentional act done without malice or premeditation and on sudden provocation.
Provocations for voluntary manslaughter can include violent assault or an unlawful attempt to arrest him. Voluntary manslaughter is not justified by simple insulting words or gestures. Most states grade manslaughter by degrees, and voluntary manslaughter is usually a first-degree offense.
Involuntary manslaughter is a killing in which there is no intention to kill at all. Involuntary manslaughter occurs as a result of committing a crime that is not a felony or an action likely to cause great bodily harm or when it is the result of a lawful action performed in a criminal manner.
Manslaughter cases can be complicated and difficult to litigate and defend. Manslaughter charges are strongly pursued by law enforcement and the state’s attorney for the jurisdiction in which the crime allegedly occurred.
If you have been charged or arrested for Manslaughter in Maryland, you need an experience, skilled, trusted, and knowledgeable Manslaughter criminal defense attorney. Without the assistance and help, you have little chance of winning your case, if it goes to trial.
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the details and specifics of the Manslaughter charges. We will formulate the most appropriate argument for your Manslaughter defense.
Often, the law enforcement agencies or State’s Attorney’s office for the county you are charged in will overlook an aspect of the case, if this happen, we will find other witnesses or evidence to present to the Court or state’s attorney’s office to support your side of the Manslaughter case. We will work with you and fight for your rights and freedoms.
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