Florida Manslaughter Charges
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Florida law defines manslaughter as the unlawful killing of another human being, most often involving recklessness or negligence. It is designated from murder, which may involve premeditation, planning and malice aforethought.
For example, vehicular manslaughter is when an offender is drunk or impaired and causes the death of another person while driving a motor vehicle. Although the defendant did not intentionally cause the death of another person, he or she will still be held responsible and may face a manslaughter conviction as a result of his or her actions.
At times, there may be a fine line between murder and manslaughter. Whether you are convicted and the extent of penalties you may face will depend on the particular circumstances of your case as well as on your attorney's ability to protect your rights and to negotiate with the prosecution for lesser charges, or perhaps to have your case dismissed altogether.
Penalties for Manslaughter
Manslaughter may be classified as a first degree or second degree felony in Florida. First degree manslaughter, or aggravated manslaughter, involves negligent homicide involving an elderly person, a child under 18 years old, or a peace officer. This offense is punishable by life imprisonment.
Simple manslaughter, a second degree felony, involves negligently causing the death of another person. This offense is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. The defendant may also face a fine of up to $10,000 and the reality of dealing with a "strike" on his or her criminal record, leading to double the penalties for any future violent crime conviction for a felony offense.
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For the legal help you need, contact a Miami manslaughter defense lawyer at the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today.