Manslaughter Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA
California law defines manslaughter as “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice.”
There are two different forms of manslaughter –voluntary and involuntary.
When a killing takes place in the heat of passionor during a sudden argument, this is considered voluntary manslaughter.
There was no premeditation involved, and the killing did not take place with “malice aforethought.”
Involuntary manslaughter does not include vehicular manslaughter, and it is defined as a killing that takes place in the following circumstances:
- During the commission of an unlawful act that is not a felony
- During the commission of a lawful act that can produce a death if it is “performed without due caution.” This act does not have to be dangerous to apply to involuntary manslaughter.
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a killing takes place involving a vehicle and can be with or without the involvement of drugs or alcohol.
For a vehicular manslaughter charge to stick, it must be proven that the:
- car was driven by the accused in an unlawful way
- car was driven with gross negligence (felony) or without gross negligence (misdemeanor); or
- accused caused the accident on purpose for financial gain
Jennifer Mouzis Law Can Help
Whether voluntary, involuntary or vehicular manslaughter, most manslaughter cases are accidents.
Causing the death of another person is traumatic and living with serious consequences such as:
- jail time
- a permanent criminal record
- substantial fines
If you’ve been charged with manslaughter, it is critical that you contact an experienced lawyer who is well-versed in California manslaughter law.
Jennifer Mouzis has substantial expertise in this area and can help you prepare a solid defense against manslaughter charges.