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In California, manslaughter is a type of homicide offense, which is defined as the taking of another person's life. Because manslaughter results in someone else's death, the penalties for a conviction are harsh. If you've been charged with this crime, leaving your case up to chance or in the hands of an incompetent lawyer could be costly. Person in jail for manslaughter

Being found guilty could mean that you spend years behind bars. Even after your release, you could feel the ramifications for the rest of your life. For instance, having a criminal record could make it challenging to find housing, get a job, or qualify for benefits from the federal government, making re-entry into society difficult.

I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, am ready to provide the competent and effective defense you need to fight your criminal charges. Backed by over 40 years of experience, I have a solid understanding of the laws concerning your rights, the legal processes, and the way the other side approaches cases. When you hire me for your defense, I will be committed to delivering personalized and focused representation, and I will work tirelessly toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Schedule your free consultation with my firm, Jay Jaffe Attorney at Law, by calling (310) 439-8260 or contacting online today.

What Is Manslaughter?

If a person takes someone else's life without planning on doing such beforehand, they could be charged with manslaughter.

In California, there are different types of manslaughter:

  • Voluntary: This occurs when a person engages in an act in a specific moment that results in another's death. The statute concerning this offense provides that it happens "upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion."
  • Involuntary: When a person engages in either unlawful or lawful behavior that puts another's life at risk, and fatal consequences occur, they could be accused of committing this offense.
  • Vehicular: A person commits this crime when they are operating a vehicle in an unlawful or lawful manner and they cause someone else's death.

What's the Difference Between Manslaughter and Murder?

In California, murder is defined as taking another person's life with "malice aforethought," which means they intended to do something that would result in the death, or they intended to engage in conduct that could have this result and continued with it regardless.

Manslaughter is different from murder in that there is no intent to cause someone's death. Additionally, a person accused of manslaughter may not have planned to kill the other individual.

What Are the Potential Penalties for Manslaughter?

Just as there are separate types of manslaughter offenses, there are also different penalties a person could face for a conviction.

The punishments for this crime include:

  • Voluntary manslaughter: 3, 6, or 11 years in prison
  • Involuntary manslaughter: 2, 3, or 4 years in prison
  • Vehicular manslaughter:
    • Driving a vehicle with gross negligence: 2, 4, or 6 years in prison
    • Driving a vehicle without gross negligence: up to 1 year in jail
    • Purposely causing an accident to file a false insurance claim: 4, 6, or 10 years in prison

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I, Attorney Jay Jaffe, know there are two sides to every story, which is why when you speak with me about your case, I will listen intently to uncover the facts of the situation. From there, I will develop a compelling legal strategy and will work hard to fight your charges.

For effective manslaughter defense in Los Angeles, call me at (310) 439-8260 or submit an online contact form.

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