Fredericksburg Manslaughter Lawyer
What Is Considered Manslaughter in Virginia?
In Virginia, manslaughter is not specifically defined in our criminal statute but includes cases where there has been the unintended loss of a life due to the actions of the accused. Even when the "involuntary" version of this offense is charged, it is still considered a serious felony that can result in significant penalties. If you have been accused of this violent crime, then the time to start developing a compelling defense is now.
I am Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, and I am well-versed in the challenges and obstacles defendants face before our criminal justice system. As a former prosecutor, I've navigated these matters both in and outside the courtroom for more than a decade and know what it takes to secure a favorable outcome for my clients.
Do not face this uncertain time without a trusted Fredericksburg criminal defense attorney in your corner. Call me today.
What is the Difference Between Voluntary & Involuntary Manslaughter?
- Voluntary manslaughter is charged when it is believed that the defendant killed someone unlawfully, such as when engaged in "mutual combat" or acting in response to provocation.
- Involuntary manslaughter is charged when a defendant is suspected to have killed someone accidentally during an unlawful (but non-felonious) act, or while improperly performing a lawful act. Both forms of manslaughter are considered Class 5 felonies in Virginia and can yield the same penalties if a conviction is reached.
What Are the Penalties for Manslaughter?
Manslaughter can result in:
- Up to 10 years in prison
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Up to $2,500 in fines
As you can see, there's a lot of latitude to these penalties and a judge and jury will decide how seriously to punish the accused given the circumstances of the incident in question. That is why it is so crucial to have proven defense counsel by your side while facing these charges. My firm and I are ready to stand with you during this process, assert your rights, and diligently seek a reduction or dismissal on your behalf.
Do not wait to take action. Call my firm today to request a free case evaluation.