Manslaughter Defense Attorney in Sarasota
Effective Defense for Violent Crimes
In Florida, manslaughter is a serious
violent crime that is defined in Florida Statues § 782.04(2). When an act of homicide
is committed that does not meet the standards required to be considered
murder, manslaughter can be charged. Florida prosecutors can charge an individual
with either voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, depending on the various
factors of the case.
Voluntary manslaughter is defined as an intentional act that is committed
during the heat of passion. For involuntary manslaughter to be charged,
intent does not have to be proven or present. As your
Sarasota criminal defense attorney, I can aggressively work to defend your case.
Burden of Proof for Manslaughter
For manslaughter charges, the prosecutor has the burden of proof to show
that the alleged perpetrator acted with "culpable negligence."
Culpable negligence is the disregard for human life while engaging in
reckless behavior that leads to the death of the victim. Involuntary manslaughter
can be committed through a person's disregard for human life while
using a dangerous weapon or while engaging in grossly negligent behavior.
Excessive force during self-defense can result in an involuntary manslaughter
charge. After being arrested for manslaughter, I urge you to take immediate
action to retain the services of a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer who
cares - call me and I can help.
Defenses to the Charge of Manslaughter
Manslaughter is considered a second-degree felony that can result in an
imprisonment term of 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000. Penalties
can be increased if additional aggravating factors are present. If you
have been charged with manslaughter, you must take your case very seriously.
Defenses are available that you should learn about before taking any action
or speaking with anyone, especially law enforcement. I can build a strong
defense for the justifiable use of deadly force to defend a person or
property. Excusable homicide committed by accident may also be a defense
to your case.
Contact The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC today for the help you need!