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Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of causing the death of a human being due to illegal driving of an automobile, including gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving or speeding.
Vehicular manslaughter can be charge as first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and/or involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, attempted murder, and assault with intent to kill. Each of these charges carries harsh penalties no matter what way you look at them. Some of the penalties include time in jail that can range from month to life in prison without parole, fines, and the charges will stay in your criminal record permanently.
Manslaughter: Manslaughter is sometimes loosely defined as the unlawful killing of another without malice aforethought. It is generally divided into two branches: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. In some jurisdictions, manslaughter, like murder, is divided into degrees so that what one state calls voluntary manslaughter another calls first-degree manslaughter.
Voluntary Manslaughter: Voluntary manslaughter generally involves an intentional killing of a human being by an enraged person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to become uncontrollably angry. For example, an intentional killing might be considered voluntary manslaughter (rather than murder) if it is committed in the heat of passion caused by adequate provocation. A common provocation is the discovery of the killer's spouse in the act of having sex with another. If the provocation would arouse extreme rage in a reasonable person, but the killer was not, in fact, enraged when the killing occurred, the killer is guilty of murder rather than voluntary manslaughter.
Involuntary Manslaughter: Generally deemed a less serious crime than voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter involves unintended killings that do, however, involve some degree of fault. Reckless manslaughter, a counterpart of depraved-heart murder, exists when a person acts in a reckless or wanton manner and thereby causes the death of another person. Accidentally hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving a car recklessly or accidentally shooting someone to death while carelessly handling a revolver are examples of this type of involuntary manslaughter. Misdemeanor manslaughter, a counterpart of felony murder, exists when death occurs during the commission of a misdemeanor-such as when a person runs a red light, hitting and killing a pedestrian crossing the street.
Since vehicular manslaughter is a serious criminal offense that can be portrait so many ways, it is vital to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer that has years of experience dealing with vehicular manslaughter and has trial experience.
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