Facing manslaughter charges in the OC?

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we run a successful law practice on that premise and we know that, in a manslaughter case, this fact is frequently brought to light. If you have been accused of killing another person, you may be wondering what the difference is between murder and manslaughter. First degree murder is premeditated, while manslaughter is not. It may be the result of an honest accident and good people may be accused of crimes they did not commit. You could suddenly face serious homicide charges which, may result in a severe sentence including potential lifetime imprisonment.

Whether you have been formally charged or you are still under investigation for manslaughter, do not hesitate to contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney from our firm as soon as possible. We have 20 years of experience and our firm has earned a solid reputation in the courts for obtaining results for our clients in Fullerton and throughout Orange County. Our team understands how much may be at stake for your future and will work tirelessly to help you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction.

Our firm is dedicated to protecting our clients' rights, freedoms, futures, and lives. When you face charges of vehicular manslaughter or voluntary manslaughter, your future may be at stake. As your criminal defense attorney, Jacqueline Goodman is fully prepared to protect your rights at trial. She is a skilled orator, an intelligent legal strategist, and has full command of all types of evidence involved in manslaughter cases. With her on your side, you will stand a much better chance of avoiding a conviction.

Manslaughter vs. Murder

The primary difference between murder and manslaughter is that murder involves intent, premeditation or deliberation, while manslaughter is either involuntary or is committed in the "heat of the moment." If it can be proven that you had a condition that affected your judgment at the time of the alleged offense, it may be possible to demonstrate that your responsibility was diminished. It may also be possible to negotiate for your charges to be reduced to manslaughter in place of murder.

Examples of these circumstances include:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Side-effects of medication
  • Insanity

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