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NJ Manslaughter Defense Lawyers

November 2, 2020 New Jersey Criminal Lawyers

Manslaughter is a term that describes the reckless killing of another person. It is different from murder because it does not involve malice afterthought. If you are charged with manslaughter, then you could spend anywhere from 5 to 20 years in prison. That is why it is important for you to hire an attorney as soon as possible.

Voluntary Vs. Involuntary Manslaughter

Voluntary

Voluntary manslaughter is often referred to as a crime of passion. In order for a crime to be considered manslaughter, the person must be strongly provoked. The person has to kill a person is response to that provocation.

Additionally, one must have not had enough time to cool off. An example of this is when someone comes home, finds their spouse in bed with another person and kills them. The jury and judge can argue that the person would not have killed their spouse if the affair did not happen.

Involuntary

Involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone unintentionally kills someone while committing a crime. However, it is important to note that extreme recklessness can be classified as second-degree murder. If someone gets into a car accident while they were texting and driving, then this can be classified as involuntary manslaughter.

Another example of involuntary manslaughter is when a person hits someone, and that person dies as the result of the punch. One can argue that they did not mean to kill the person they punched.

Defenses That Can Be Used

Actual Innocence

Prosecutors have to be able to prove that you committed the crime that you were accused of. A defendant can provide an alibi. The jury will have to acquit you if there was no evidence that you actually committed the crime.

It is common for people to get arrested simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If that occurs, then you will likely be acquitted

Self-defense

Self-defense is a valid defense for manslaughter. It can be classified as perfect or imperfect self-defense. A perfect defense is when the force was warranted to protect your life or the lives of your loved ones. An imperfect defense is when the force was warranted, but there were errors on the part of the defendant.

Insanity

The insanity defense can be used if the person could not understand their actions and was unable to differentiate between right and wrong. The justice system cannot hold someone responsible for their actions if they fit the legal definition of insanity.

Intoxication

In most cases, intoxication can usually only be used as a defense if the person was involuntarily intoxicated. For example, someone was drugged against their will.

Why You Need Our NJ Manslaughter Attorney

Even though the penalties for manslaughter are less than those of homicide, they can still be severe. There is a possibility that you can spend a decade or more in prison. Your entire future will be on the line. You need an experienced attorney who will defend you and fight for your rights.

The laws regarding manslaughter can be incredibly complex. Your attorney lawyer will explain all of the laws to you and help you understand the way that they will affect your case. Their goal is to aggressively defend you so that your case will have the best outcome possible.

There are several defenses that can be used. Your lawyer can tell you which defense is best to use. They will also be able to represent you in court.

Time is of the essence. That is why you will need to call your NJ manslaughter attorney today so that they can start working on your case.

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