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Manslaughter Laws in California

Although a manslaughter charge under California Penal Code 192 PC is still considered a homicide there are numerous other aspects that need to be dealt with by the law enforcement agencies involved, the prosecutor and judge.

If you are facing criminal charges for causing the death of another person. contact the Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Cron, Israels & Stark to help you.

Below are the aspects of both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter:

  • Voluntary Manslaughter: This is a homicide that resulted in the absence of any hatred, revenge or malice connected to the crime. It has happened in the heat of a quarrel or dispute, apparently motivated by the victim themselves. It is rash behavior without any thought or reflection of what the outcome could be. It's covered under Penal Code 192(a). 
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: This is the resultant loss of life due to the recklessness or extreme negligence of another individual. We see it regularly in the news, deaths from drunk driving, street racing, running a red light etc. There was of course no intention to kill anyone, but that is the consequence, which is devastating not only to you, but the family of the victim(s). It's covered under Penal Code 192(b). 

Penalties for Manslaughter

In the State of California the punishment meted out for voluntary manslaughter is anywhere from 3 – 11 years in prison.

With involuntary manslaughter, it can average from 2 to 4 years behind bars.

Such penalties can have long ranging and very detrimental effects on your life and that of your family. It is vital that you have the experience and resources of our firm to help you fight these charges.

In addition to jail time and probation, you can face additional penalties if you are convicted of manslaughter.  Some are at the court's discretion, while others will occur due to the fact you now have a criminal record. 

You can face criminal charges for vehicular manslaughter under Penal Code 192(c) when you negligently operate a motor vehicle and unintentionally cause another person's death.

Retain Powerful Legal Defense

If you or a member of your family has been arrested and charged with voluntary or involuntary manslaughter you need to contact a criminal lawyer serving the the Los Angeles area as early as possible to start defense proceedings.

Do not speak to the police; call a criminal defense attorney at the offices of Cron, Israels & Stark to set up your initial appointment. It is a no-cost consultation and our legal team is there to work at protecting your rights and freedoms.

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