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Dealing with voluntary manslaughter charges

United States law divides murder and homicide crimes into different categories. Defendants are charged according to the type of homicide crime they have committed. Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of another person in the heat of the moment. The basic difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter is that of intention. For the prosecution to press voluntary manslaughter charges, the situation before the killing should be emotionally and mentally disturbing for the defendant. If the judge is not convinced, the defendant may be charged with first or second-degree murder.

Statuary rape in the U.S.

Having sexual relations with someone who is underage is called statuary rape. There is a certain age at which the law allows individuals to consent to having sex, which is called the age of consent. Most states have defined their own age of consent, and prosecute defendants depending upon whether they had sex with someone below that age.

Man indicted in deaths of Georgia college students

A man and the company that owned the truck he was driving at the time of a deadly crash on April 22 were both indicted in that crash. The wreck that took place on Interstate 16 caused the deaths of five Georgia Southern students who were on their way to clinical rotations as part of their nursing program. According to authorities, the driver was going 68 miles per hour when he collided with the car in which the students were riding.

Man who stole celebrity nude photos to plead guilty

Georgia residents who were following the "Celebgate" photo hack may be interested to learn that, on March 16, one man may have been involved agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The alleged hacker, a 36-year-old Pennsylvania man, was reportedly one of many who was able to trick their way into numerous email accounts owned by celebrities.

Committing burglary in Georgia

Under modern penal codes, burglary is the act of entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime. In common law, an act only rose to such a charge if an individual entered a house or dwelling, but most states have expanded it to include commercial buildings as well. This charge differs from a robbery charge because a robbery involves the use of force to take another party's property. A burglary can take place when an individual enters the building through an open door or window for example.

Georgia police officers needs strong defense to confront felonies

In a case that brought national attention to the state, a Georgia police officer was indicted and must answer to charges based on his involvement in the shooting of a civilian. The civilian, a retired Air Force veteran, was not wearing clothes and was unarmed at the time of his death. Felonies are serious accusations that typically result in severe consequences when a conviction is obtained. It is likely that the police officer is now working with experienced criminal defense counsel.

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