Boston Manslaughter Attorney
Massachusetts Manslaughter Laws
In both Murder and Manslaughter cases there is a human victim that loses his or her life. However, the charges are very different. There are also two types of manslaughter. There is voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. In order to prove manslaughter, the prosecution needs to prove that the defendant unlawfully killed a person without malice.
For voluntary manslaughter, the defendant can act with purpose, but the violence is a result of sudden passion or great provocation. A common example is when a defendant comes home and finds his wife having sexual relations with another man. The defendant tries and ultimately kills the other man.
Involuntary manslaughter is very different. For involuntary manslaughter, the defendant doesn’t purposely try to kill the victim. In involuntary manslaughter cases, the defendant usually commits an unlawful act that results in the death of a person.
If a defendant is convicted of manslaughter, the defendant can face up to 20 years in state prison. The defendant can also face up to a $1,000 fine, or not more than 2 ½ years in jail. If the defendant is charged with manslaughter while using explosives, the defendant can face up to life in state prison.
Massachusetts Manslaughter Attorney
Manslaughter is a very serious charge in the state of Massachusetts. In many situations, the defendant never intended to kill anyone, but ends up being charged with manslaughter. This happens in many DUI cases in which the defendant kills a person. Most defendants charged with DUI related manslaughter cases have a limited record or none at all. It is important that you have an aggressive defense to help you. Attorney Chan will create an aggressive defensive strategy to help you through your DUI manslaughter case.
Call Attorney Jason Chan to talk about your DUI manslaughter case today at 508-808-8902.