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Voluntary manslaughter in Georgia

Homicide is the act of taking another person's life. This is a general term that does not factor in the specifics of the situation. Homicide charges are very complex, because there can be many intentions, circumstances and reasons for why another person dies at the hands of another.

Any homicide conviction is obviously a serious one. However there are situations where the circumstances can be explained and understood by the courts. For example, homicides are known to often take place after a person has been the victim of domestic violence or abuse over many years. In addition, they can occur as an unintended result of self-defense, where the person guilty of homicide had no choice but to take the action that he or she did.

What is the charge of voluntary manslaughter in Georgia?

Voluntary manslaughter is a type of homicide charge that authorities use when they believe that a person intended to kill the deceased person.

There are many defenses to voluntary manslaughter that can be used by an accused person. They could claim that they are completely innocent and were not in any way guilty of the crime. They may assert that they acted in necessary self-defense for fear of being killed themselves. They may say -- or their attorney may -- that they were suffering from mental insanity, whereby they had no control of their actions.

If you have been accused of voluntary manslaughter or are facing another homicide charge in the state of Georgia, it is important that you take action immediately to get legal guidance and protection for your rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Voluntary Manslaughter Laws," accessed April 20, 2018

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