Nashville Manslaughter Defense Lawyer
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Manslaughter is one of the most serious violent crimes since it results in the death of a person. Although the offense involved accidental or unintentional fatalities derived from reckless or careless actions, the penalties for manslaughter result in extensive prison sentences, costly fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record that can cause irreparable damage to your reputation.
It is imperative to obtain experienced legal representation from a qualified attorney as soon as you are arrested and charged with manslaughter. With more than 25 years of experience, our Nashville criminal defense attorneys at The Collins Law Firm understand what it takes to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed entirely.
Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter
Similar to homicide, voluntary manslaughter occurs when an individual intentionally kills another person out of a sudden passion or anger prior to being calmed down. It often happens when an individual is provoked in an emotional way which would result in a reasonable person to act irrationally.
On the other hand, involuntary manslaughter is when a person causes the death of another individual by his or her unlawful, negligent, and grossly reckless actions. It is the disregard for safety or risk of death which makes these careless actions criminal.
Penalties for Manslaughter
Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C felony. A Class C felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from three to 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
As far as involuntary manslaughter is concerned, the penalties depend on the specific circumstances of the crime. Involuntary manslaughter as a result of vehicular homicide is a Class C felony; however, it is a Class B felony if the crime involved drinking and driving. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony.
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Our Nashville criminal defense lawyers can investigate your arrest, collect evidence and analyze those gathered by police, as well as develop a personalized and effective defense strategy just for you. As a former prosecutor, our founding attorney understands how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an upper hand in the courtroom.
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