Manslaughter, unlike homicide, is when someone kills another person without having the intention to do so, or planned it ahead of time. There are two types of manslaughter, voluntary and involuntary.
Voluntary manslaughter is charged when a person kills someone else in the heat of passion, not intending to in any way, but provoked. An example would be someone being attacked outside of a bar, and while they defend themselves they kill the other person.
If someone is killed unintentionally and there was some criminal negligence involved, that is considered involuntary manslaughter. An example of an involuntary manslaughter would be speeding, which resulted in an accident that killed someone. Although an accident, a clear violation of law occurred which caused the death.
Voluntary manslaughter charges are quite severe in Iowa and could result in jail time either in a county or state prison. It could also result in:
In addition, this conviction will remain on your record for the rest of your life, affecting it in terms of job opportunities, housing and many other ways. You will require the skills of a knowledgeable Mason City criminal defense attorney to defend you against these charges. At McGuire Law, PLC we have the experience you need to fight these charges and safeguard your rights.
Defending manslaughter charges is a skill that not just any attorney can do. When evidence is brought against you by law enforcement, it is imperative that it be reviewed with a fine tooth comb, picked apart and challenged in order to provide you a strong defense. Our legal team has more than 40 years experience both in plea negotiations or at trial. We have garnered the respect of many throughout Iowa with our success at defending our clients.
Contact our office now to begin the legal steps necessary in defending your rights.