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Manslaughter is a highly specific legal term that can be quite confusing for the layperson trying to make sense of the world of law. A person can be charged with manslaughter if they kill someone under certain circumstances. People often confuse the legal idea of manslaughter with the legal concept of murder. While the two terms have certain things in common, they are not the same thing. The line between the two is often clearly defined. While manslaughter is a serious crime that can lead to years of time behind bars, it is not the same thing as a charge of murder.

The killing of another person is a deeply complicated matter. Killing someone is not always illegal. For example, if you are being raped, mugged or otherwise being physically harmed and threatened in some way, the law recognizes that you have the right to defend yourself. You have the legal right to protect yourself and those you love from someone who might cause you harm. At the same time this right is not absolute. You cannot simply fire a gun indiscriminately into a crowd. People must act responsibly towards others even when they might face potential threats.

The law recognizes this fact. The legal system, however, also recognizes that certain boundaries exist and must be observed at all times. Manslaughter is essential when someone dies as a result of another person’s actions. This is distinguished from murder. Someone who commits murder must meet two criteria: their actions must involve deliberate planning and must also involve the deliberate intent to harm. For example, if a person deliberately buys a gun and then uses it to kill a spouse or if they accidentally kill someone while committing another crime such as robbery, that is considered murder.

Two Types of Charges

The process of manslaughter is slightly different. The legal system sees this is an fundamentally different act. In general, the law distinguishes between two types of manslaughter. There’s voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter recognizes that someone might have been provoked into responding to another person’s actions. For example, if a man comes home and finds that his wife is in bed with another man, if he kills that person that can fall under a charge of voluntary manslaughter. The key to his actions is they were done in the heat of passion as opposed to being premeditated in advance. On some level, the legal system recognizes that their actions were not done entirely intentionally. That means that any penalties they might face should be considered less serious than other form of killing under the law.

Voluntary Manslaughter

Another type of manslaughter charge is what is known as involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter has many legal meanings. In general it means that the person in question acted in a highly reckless way that resulted in someone being killed. Much of the idea behind this legal term refers to the person’s thoughts while they were engaged in this kind of criminal behavior. What looks like this kind of crime can actually be no crime at all. For example, if a driver has a minor mistake when driving such as failing to signal, they are not considered criminally culpable if someone deliberately darts into traffic and gets killed.

However, if someone bumps into someone else by accident and that person pulls out a gun, that is considered voluntary manslaughter. Even though the person violated another person’s space that does not give the second person the right to harm them. If someone argues and then another person pushes that person down the stairs, that is also an example of the kind of crime that can be considered voluntary manslaughter. The crucial issue is how the person acted in order to potentially cause harm to another person. A person is legally considered responsible for another person’s death if their own actions contributed to that person’s death in some way and such actions could have been avoided.

The Charge

Prosecutors are given a certain amount of leeway when it comes to choosing the kind of charges they will bring in the event of someone’s death at the hands of another person. Prosecutors also have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to arguing about the punishment expected if someone is convicted of this kind of crime. Most people who are convicted of either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter can expect to face at least some time in prison. They can also expect to face a potential civil lawsuit as well as the loss of any state licenses. This can led to all sorts of serious, long-term consequences that can affect their lives even after they’ve served time. A highly experienced lawyer is vitally important asset to have on hand to help.


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