Dublin Manslaughter Defense Lawyer
Defending Clients Charged With Manslaughter Charges in the Tri-Valley Region
At The Law Office of Christopher A. Lamiero, our Dublin manslaughter defense lawyer has decades of criminal law experience, knowledge, and valuable professional relationships in the local legal community. As a long-standing former prosecutor, Attorney Christopher Lamiero thoroughly understands the viewpoint and tactics that the state will use against you. This insight and experience will benefit you as we devise the best strategies for seeking the most positive results based on your situation's unique facts and circumstances.
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What is Manslaughter?
Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of someone else without malice or premeditation. Since this violent crime involves the loss of human life, it is one of the most severe charges you can face. No matter what type of manslaughter charge is brought against you, the possibility of conviction calls for immediate and severe representation by a criminal defense lawyer. You will want a legal professional with the experience, knowledge, and resources to defend vigorously.
Manslaughter Charges & Their Penalties in California
Under California law, manslaughter may consist of:
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Vehicular manslaughter
Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of another human being in the heat of the moment or during a quarrel without malice aforethought, which is different from a murder charge because premeditation isn't involved. This offense often occurs when you have been provoked and are in a state of violent or intense emotion and thus lose judgment. Charged as a felony, voluntary manslaughter is punishable by three, six, or 11 years in state prison, fines of up to $10,000, and probation. Your penalties could be increased if a conviction falls under California's three-strikes law.
Involuntary manslaughter consists of an accidental killing of another person under two circumstances: (1) while committing another crime that was not considered a dangerous felony or (2) due to negligence or recklessness. The penalties for this felony include two, three, or four years in state prison and/or fines of up to $1,000.
This type of manslaughter occurs when you cause the death of another person while driving, whether engaging in an unlawful act or a lawful act that could cause death. Vehicular manslaughter is committed through negligence or gross negligence. For instance, speeding through an intersection and inadvertently killing a pedestrian. This offense may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. If negligence is involved, the crime is a misdemeanor offense, which is punishable by up to a year in jail. If gross negligence is involved, it is a felony that could result in up to six years in a state prison.
Defenses Against Manslaughter Charges
Mounting a strong defense is crucial when facing manslaughter charges. The legal team at The Law Office Of Christopher A. Lamiero explores various defenses tailored to each case. Some potential defenses against manslaughter charges include:
- Self-Defense: If the accused can demonstrate self-defense, it may serve as a viable defense against manslaughter charges.
- Lack of Intent: Proving that the accused did not intend to cause harm or death may be a valid defense.
- Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence and arguments is a common defense strategy. This may involve questioning the reliability of witness testimony, forensic evidence, or other case elements.
- Wrongful Arrest or Procedure: Any violations of the accused's constitutional rights during the arrest or investigation process can be grounds for a defense.
Contact Our Dublin Manslaughter Defense Attorney Today
Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. The Law Office of Christopher A. Lamiero offers outstanding knowledge, experience, and practical and personalized legal solutions to help you obtain the best possible case result.
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