Different Types of Manslaughter

Different Types of Manslaughter

Manslaughter is the legal term for the killing of another human being in a non-premeditated fashion, as opposed to murder. As such, the punishment for manslaughter is less severe compared to murder. The definition of manslaughter is dependent on the jurisdiction but is generally decided based on one’s mens rea, Latin for state of mind, at the time of the killing. Manslaughter is broken down into two broad categories, voluntary and involuntary, based on the culpability of one’s actions. Unfortunately, if you’ve been convicted of manslaughter in Dallas, our team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter know that you stand to face severe consequences and, as such, are in need of a strong and aggressive defense.

Kinds of Manslaughter

When it comes to manslaughter charges, they can be broken down into the two following main categories:

  • Voluntary – when the defendant kills with malice aforethought but under circumstances that reduce culpability
  • Provocation – a killing that occurs after being provoked by an event in a which a reasonable person would lose control
  • Imperfect self-defense – a killing in which the defendant acted in honest, but unreasonable self-defense
  • Diminished capacity – a killing in which the defendant had no justification but also no evil intent
  • Involuntary – when the defendant kills without malice aforethought
  • Constructive – when the defendant causes a death as a result of committing a misdemeanor
  • Criminally negligent – when a person is reckless enough to “manifest extreme indifference to human life”
  • Vehicular – causing death because of criminal negligence or a violation of traffic safety laws

Facing any of these charges of manslaughter can be frightening. Fortunately, with the help of a skilled defense attorney, you can rest assured that your rights and freedoms are in good hands.

Discuss Manslaughter with a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

Every individual charged of a crime has the legal right to defend him or herself against that charge. Thankfully for Dallas residents, the legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter is adept at handling such cases and knows what it takes to get a client accused of manslaughter a reduced punishment or complete acquittal. If you find yourself accused of such a charge, call 214-845-7007 to learn about what defense options are possible for you.

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