Manslaughter in Missouri

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In Missouri, 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.

At 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.

Manslaughter Penalties

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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