Manslaughter Defense Attorney in Tampa

You hear about manslaughter cases across Florida on the news daily. Manslaughter is a homicide that occurs without malice or forethought. From botox injections gone wrong to DUI crashes, these incidents are unfortunate but unintentional. The defendant in these situations does not intend to harm or kill the victim.

An Experienced Manslaughter Defense Lawyer in Tampa

Punishment for manslaughter is typically less than that of murder. However, it is still a serious crime that requires the assistance of an experienced manslaughter defense lawyer in Tampa. The Rickman Law Firm is skilled in developing a strong defense against manslaughter charges including excusable homicide, justifiable homicide, self-defense, or wrongly accused. Anthony Rickman has successfully negotiated to have charges dropped, reduced, and dismissed on the behalf of clients accused of manslaughter.

Types of Manslaughter

Manslaughter falls into two categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is the occurrence of a homicide that is provoked and occurs in the “heat of passion.” Involuntary manslaughter is an occurrence of homicide that is unintentional/accidental due to reckless or negligent conduct.

  1. Manslaughter by Act is a form of voluntary manslaughter which involves committing an intentional act that is inexcusable nor justified, resulting in the death of another person.
  2. Manslaughter by Procurement is a form of voluntary manslaughter where a person persuades another person to commit an act that results in the death of another person.
  3. Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence is a form of involuntary manslaughter where a person engages in negligent conduct that shows a reckless disregard for the safety and welfare others.
  4. Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child occurs when the death of a child under 18 is caused by the culpable negligence of the child’s caregiver. A person who did not commit the crime but knew of the neglect/abuse and failed to protect the child can be charged with aggravated manslaughter.

Penalties for Manslaughter

The penalties associated with a manslaughter charge varies depending on whether it was involuntary, voluntary, involved a firearm or weapon, and whether the act was performed on a child under 18 or an elderly person. A manslaughter is typically a second-degree felony but can be converted to a first-degree felony when it involves a child, elderly person, or weapon/firearm. It is critical that you speak with a manslaughter defense attorney in Tampa to discuss the specifics of your case.

For a free consultation with an experienced manslaughter defense attorney in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 712-8736 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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