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Orange County Manslaughter Lawyer

ORANGE COUNTY MANSLAUGHTER LAWYER

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Sometimes bad things happen to good people. This is the foundational premise behind the success of The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman in Orange County, CA, and it often comes up during manslaughter defense cases handled by Attorney Jacqueline Goodman.

Manslaughter is the unintentional or unplanned taking of another’s life. Even though you might never have had a criminal intent behind your actions, if someone died because of you, then you could be charged with manslaughter under California law.

Whether you have been formally charged or you are still under investigation for manslaughter, do not hesitate to reach out to Attorney Goodman. With more than 20 years of experience and a solid reputation with local courts, she is poised to effectively and tenaciously defend your rights like few others can. Known by her peers as a skilled legal strategist and intelligent negotiator, she might be your very best chance at leading a normal life again by defeating your manslaughter charge.

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN CALIFORNIA

Manslaughter is a criminal offense that involves unlawfully causing the death of another person. In California, manslaughter is categorized into two main degrees: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

  1. Voluntary Manslaughter: Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person intentionally causes the death of another person, but there are mitigating circumstances that reduce the offense from murder to manslaughter. These mitigating factors often involve situations where the person acted in the heat of passion or under extreme emotional distress.
  2. Involuntary Manslaughter: Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person unintentionally causes the death of another person through negligent or reckless actions. Unlike voluntary manslaughter, there is no intent to cause harm, but the individual's actions still result in someone's death.

Voluntary manslaughter is considered a felony, punishable by imprisonment of 3, 6, or 11 years and fines of up to $10,000. Involuntary manslaughter is also a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 4 years.

Additionally, vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person drives in a negligent or prohibited manner and causes the death of someone else. However, this type of manslaughter charge is considered a misdemeanor.

LEGAL DEFENSES AGAINST MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES

A legal defense refers to the arguments and strategies presented by a defendant to counter the criminal charges brought against them. These defenses aim to challenge the prosecution's case and demonstrate that the accused should not be held criminally liable for the alleged offense.

Several common legal defenses against manslaughter charges may be raised:

  • Self-Defense: A defendant may argue that they acted in self-defense, believing that their life or the life of another person was in imminent danger. The use of force must be reasonable and proportionate to the perceived threat.
  • Defense of Others: Similar to self-defense, a defendant might claim that they were protecting another person from harm and that the use of force was necessary and justified.
  • Accidental Death: In cases of involuntary manslaughter, a defense may be based on the argument that the death was purely accidental and not the result of any criminal negligence or recklessness.
  • Insanity: A defense of insanity asserts that, at the time of the offense, the defendant was not mentally sound and could not appreciate the wrongfulness of their actions. Successful use of this defense may lead to a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • Heat of Passion: In cases of voluntary manslaughter, a defendant might claim that they acted in the "heat of passion" without premeditation. This defense often involves intense emotional distress or provocation as a mitigating factor.
  • Lack of Intent: For both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, a defense may argue that the defendant did not have the requisite intent to cause harm or commit the crime.
  • Mistaken Identity: A defense based on mistaken identity asserts that the accused is not the person who committed the alleged offense.
  • Alibi: An alibi defense involves providing evidence that the defendant was not present at the scene of the crime when it occurred.

The effectiveness of these defenses can vary depending on the specific facts of each case. Legal representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential to navigate the complexities of the legal system and build a strong defense tailored to the circumstances surrounding the manslaughter charges.

MAKE YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY HEARD

The key to success in fighting any type of violent crime charge is to begin working on your defense case as early as possible. Waiting too long just gives the prosecution an advantage that they did not have before. Do not lose another day wondering what to do to clear your name. Fill out a case evaluation form to meet with manslaughter defense Attorney Jacqueline Goodman in Orange County, CA right away!

Get more information about her representation by dialing (714) 266-3945 now.

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MANSLAUGHTER VS. MURDER

The primary difference between murder and manslaughter is that murder involves intent, premeditation, or deliberation. Manslaughter is either involuntary or is committed in the "heat of the moment," though, which means there is no planning or criminal intent. If it can be proven that you had a condition or complication that affected your judgment at the time of the alleged offense, it may be possible to demonstrate that your responsibility for what happened was diminished.

Your judgment could have been blurred due to:

  • Depression
  • Intoxication
  • Side effects of medication
  • Insanity
  • Incited due to romantic conflicts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

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