Manslaughter in Missouri
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violent crimes are associated with severe penalties, especially manslaughter charges.
In addition to facing several years in prison and paying expensive fines,
you will have a permanent mark on your criminal record which may cause
irreparable damage to your personal and professional life. If you were
recently arrested and charged with manslaughter, you must get experienced
legal help from a qualified lawyer.
Worsham Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients seek a reduction in charges or
complete case dismissal. As a former prosecutor, our
Springfield criminal defense attorney possesses the comprehensive knowledge of Missouri law and can anticipate
how the prosecution will approach your case. Do not risk fighting these
serious charges without experienced and skilled legal counsel.
Involuntary & Voluntary Manslaughter Charges
There are two main types of manslaughter charges in Missouri: involuntary
manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter.
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when an individual is killed due to the
negligent actions of another person, or when someone is killed during
the commission of a crime, where there was no intention to cause bodily
harm or death. In other words, the word “involuntary” implies
that a person had no intention of killing someone, but their reckless
or careless actions caused the death of someone else.
On the other hand, voluntary manslaughter occurs when an individual purposefully
kills another out of passion or anger. While both voluntary manslaughter
and homicide/murder involve intentionally killing another person, the
killing of a voluntary manslaughter is the result of emotional excitement,
not premeditation and planning – which are elements of murder.
First-degree involuntary manslaughter involves the reckless killing of
another while operating a vehicle or boat in an intoxicated condition.
It is considered either a Class B or Class felony, depending on who died
and circumstances surrounding the incident. Class B felonies are punishable
by a prison sentence between five and 15 years, while Class C felonies
result in a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Second-degree involuntary manslaughter involves other means of negligently
killing someone else besides intoxicated vehicle or boat operation. It
is considered a Class D felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence
of four years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Voluntary manslaughter is a Class B felony.
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