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As defined by the law, manslaughter occurs when the defendant kills another person “recklessly.”
“Recklessness” exists where there is a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a death will occur.
The defendant is aware of this risk, but for whatever reason, willingly ignores the risk. The defendant’s act must represent a mass deviation from the standard of care an ordinary person would have used under the same circumstances. For instance, shooting a loaded gun at the direction of a crowd (but not aiming at anyone in particular or aiming above the crowd) could be prosecuted as manslaughter.
Courts will examine what a “reasonable person” acting in the defendant’s situation would have known, understood, and done.
Manslaughter is punishable by between 2 – 20 years in prison.
Fortunately, our criminal defense lawyers are highly experienced in representing clients in cases where “manslaughter” might not be what actually happened. We do a very thorough investigation to prevent our clients from being wrongly accused.