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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.

According to federal law, voluntary manslaughter is the killing of someone without malice in a sudden heat of passion. In most cases, this means that the defendant was in a situation where they could no longer control their emotions.

In some states, involuntary manslaughter is charged as a homicide. An example could be that of self-defense, where the defendant killed another person in an attempt to save their own life. States may charge this as a voluntary manslaughter. In other cases, the defendant might have killed another person thinking that deadly force is required to deal with the situation.

If you are charged with voluntary manslaughter, it is important to find an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Being found guilty of the charge could result in severe consequences and affect your live in some major ways. The judge could send you to prison for up to 20 years. An experienced defense attorney will assess the charges against you and try to devise a strong defense strategy.

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