SACRAMENTO CRIMINAL LAWYER
Manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another human being. There are three types of manslaughter that can take place: voluntary, involuntary, and vehicular manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is more serious than involuntary manslaughter, and the punishment is accordingly stiffer. For example, if a death occurs upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion, you may be charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Voluntary manslaughter is an intentional killing without malice aforethought. Usually there are some mitigating circumstances that justify reducing a murder charge to the lesser offense of manslaughter.
A common example of voluntary manslaughter is a killing committed in the “heat of passion” by a husband who finds his wife in bed with another man. If the wronged husband kills before a reasonable person in the same situation would have cooled off, the killing, although still unlawful, is usually reduced from murder to voluntary manslaughter. But if the husband did not act immediately and instead plotted the killing for a few weeks, there would be a good argument that he is guilty of murder because he waited beyond a reasonable cooling-off period before acting. Continue reading “VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER & MURDER”