Charged With Unintentionally Causing The Death Of Another: Manslaughter
If you have been accused of or are under investigation for involuntary manslaughter or any form of homicide, contact Bellwoar Kelly, LLP immediately to discuss your case and charges with an experienced Chester County manslaughter lawyer.
Involuntary manslaughter penalizes unintentional killings. To prove involuntary manslaughter, a prosecutor must show that the defendant caused the victim’s death by reckless or grossly negligent conduct while engaging in lawful or unlawful activity. A lawful act such as driving a car may be the basis for involuntary manslaughter if the defendant drove recklessly. The prosecutor must show a causal link between the defendant’s reckless or negligent conduct and the victim’s death. If the chain of events leading to the homicide does not trace back directly or substantially to the defendant, the state will have a difficult time proving involuntary manslaughter.
The elements for involuntary manslaughter are as follows:
2504. Involuntary Manslaughter The General Rule
A person is guilty of involuntary manslaughter when as a direct result of the doing of an unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner or the doing of a lawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, he or she causes the death of another person.
Involuntary manslaughter is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to five years.
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Chester County Manslaughter Lawyer
Chester County manslaughter defense lawyer Evan Kelly offers a free confidential consultation to those facing any type of manslaughter charge. During this consultation, Evan Kelly will review your situation and answer your questions to help you avoid a conviction for this serious offense.
Contact Chester County manslaughter attorney Evan J. Kelly today.