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Manslaughter is generally described as a crime that causes the death of
another, however, without malicious intent or premeditation. For instance,
the killing occurred during the heat of the moment or due to recklessness
or negligence. If malice was present, the charge would be murder. If you
are up against these serious charges, you need a
Richmond criminal defense attorney who can defend your future.
What's the difference between voluntary & involuntary manslaughter?
There are two types of manslaughter in Virginia: voluntary and involuntary.
Voluntary manslaughter is charged when a death occurs during the heat of the moment, in self-defense,
or while committing another
felony. The defense must prove there were mitigating circumstances that contributed
to the accused individual's actions. For instance, was the defendant
scared for his / her own life, but perhaps went too far by taking the
other person's life?
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when the crime was committed without intent or malice. Criminal
negligence may be involved or the accused may have been in the process
of committing another crime, other than a felony or murder. An example
of this would be reckless driving. If not for the fact the accused was
driving recklessly, the death would not have occurred. By driving recklessly,
the defendant knew that someone could be harmed, although they did not
intend to hurt that person.
Both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter are considered Class 5 felonies
in Richmond, Virginia via the Commonwealth of Virginia law. The punishment
for a Class 5 felony is imprisonment for not less than 1 year and not
more than 10 years. The court may, however, decide on jail time of not
more than one year and a fine of $2,500, either or both. This is detailed
under the Code of Virginia Sections 18.2-30-36 and 18.2-10.
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