Colorado Springs Manslaughter Lawyer
What is the penalty for manslaughter?
In many cases of
murder, the best outcome that the defendant can hope for is to have the charges
reduced to manslaughter. This does not mean, however, that manslaughter
is not a serious charge in its own right. If you have been accused of
manslaughter, you can be convicted for a Class 4 felony and sentenced
to pay a fine ranging between $2,000 and $500,000 and to serve between
2 and 6 years in prison. While this may be a lighter penalty than for
first- or second-degree murder, it is sufficiently severe that your entire
life could be forever changed in the wake of a conviction.
What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
Murder and manslaughter are both homicide charges and both involve the
unlawful killing of another person. The major difference, however, is
that murder involves a knowing and even premeditated act, whereas manslaughter
is generally an involuntary or even accidental homicide.
It is possible to cause a death without being charged with manslaughter,
such as in certain car accidents, but if you are accused of causing the
death through actions which can be considered to be reckless, you can
face criminal charges. For example, you will most likely be charged with
vehicular manslaughter if you are accused of causing a fatal traffic collision while
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if you caused the accident through some type of
This may be an overwhelmingly stressful situation for you, but we are ready
to put our 100+ years of combined experience to work in helping you navigate
your way out of the criminal justice system.
Contact us at Clawson & Clawson, LLP now for a free, confidential consultation
during which we can review the nature of the charges against you and begin
working on a strategy for defending you.