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Vehicular Manslaughter

If you are in need of a Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney, Attorney Search Network can provide you with a free referral to an attorney in your area. Contact Attorney Search Network today.

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without planning the malicious action in advance. Manslaughter is typically split into two categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of another by a very angry person experiencing circumstances that would lead a reasonable individual to become uncontrollably enraged. An intentional killing may be deemed voluntary manslaughter instead of murder if the crime is committed in the heat of the moment due to adequate provocation. An example of a typical provocation is when the killer finds his or her spouse having an affair with someone else. However, if the provocation would cause a rational person to become uncontrollably angry but the killer was not experiencing extreme rage during the act of killing, then the killer committed murder and not voluntary manslaughter.

Involuntary manslaughter, on the other hand, is defined as an unintentional killing that is considered a less serious crime than voluntary manslaughter but still involves fault on the part of the killer. Reckless manslaughter, a subcategory of involuntary manslaughter, occurs when an individual behaves in a reckless manner and thus causes the death of someone else. For instance, if a reckless driver accidentally strikes and kills a pedestrian or if someone mindlessly holds a revolver and shoots and kills another, those crimes would be considered involuntary manslaughter. Misdemeanor manslaughter occurs when someone dies during the commission of a misdemeanor. An example of misdemeanor manslaughter would be if someone ran a red light and subsequently struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Vehicular manslaughter exists when someone causes the death of another due to the unlawful driving of a vehicle. Illegal acts may include gross negligence, drunken driving, reckless driving, and speeding. Vehicular manslaughter charges range in severity; they can be determined as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, attempted murder, or assault with the intention to kill. The consequences of these crimes can range from months-long jail time to lifelong imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Other consequences would include fines and the permanent presence of the charges on an offender’s criminal record.

Because there are so many different ways to interpret vehicular manslaughter as well as such a range of consequences that can arise, it is very important for someone accused of vehicular manslaughter to hire a vehicular manslaughter attorney. Call Attorney Search Network as soon as possible in order to be referred to a California lawyer who will represent your vehicular manslaughter case.

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