Manslaughter is the killing of another human being without premeditation or malice.
Voluntary Manslaughter covers acts that occur in the heat of a moment. These acts are considered to have occurred without a premeditated state to kill. An example could be a spouse who finds their loved one in bed with another person and instantly attacks either person resulting in a death. This act might not qualify as murder but are also not legally justified.
Involuntary manslaughter occurs when negligence by the accused leads to the death of another individual. Vehicular manslaughter is one of the most common involuntary manslaughter charges. These charges are brought about when a driver has caused the death of another person while driving a car with a known defect, in an impaired manner (under the influence), or in a reckless manner.
All types of manslaughter are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If the victim is a child a manslaughter conviction will carry a minimum of 13 years prison time. If the victim is elderly the minimum prison time is 11 years.
Aggravated manslaughter occurs when the victim is a child, elderly, disabled adult, police office, fireman, or rescue personal. Aggravated manslaughter is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
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