MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorneys
Although manslaughter is generally thought of as somewhat less serious than the crime of murder, it still involves the death of another and so carries with it potentially serious complications, especially if the accused is convicted. Murder is a term meaning the unlawful homicide of another with “malice aforethought” (with the intention to kill or harm another). Manslaughter is an unlawful homicide but with no prior intention to kill.
This distinction is important to the accused individual. For instance, voluntary manslaughter is when the defendant kills with malice aforethought but there are surrounding circumstances that reduce its blameworthiness – or when the defendant intends to merely harm someone seriously but winds up killing them. Additionally, there are many other types and degrees of manslaughter with many criteria used to distinguish which is which. Some types of manslaughter include:
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Criminally negligent manslaughter
- Constructive manslaughter
- Vehicular or intoxication manslaughter
Due to the complicated nature of this subject and the seriousness of the charges, having an experienced and aggressive Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer advise on the case can be crucial to its outcome.
Manslaughter Penalties and the Importance of Experienced Defense
In most cases, those who are convicted on the charge of manslaughter are fined thousands of dollars or face years of imprisonment. These are stiff penalties, especially if received due to the result of a complete accident – for example if the individual charged mistakenly hit and killed another while driving a car. Even after serving a sentence, the social stigma and mark retained on a criminal record can be debilitating in many ways to the convicted as well as his or her family. If charged with manslaughter, we at DiRenzo Defense are here to assist in legally advising and defending the case. If faced with the charge of manslaughter in the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or West Palm Beach areas, contact a Fort Lauderdale Manslaughter Defense Attorney for legal advice on the case today.