Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. Handles Manslaughter Cases
It isn’t uncommon for Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C.’s attorneys to represent clients who are confused about the nuances of manslaughter. Denver, CO clients charged with manslaughter face severe consequences, and many do not understand the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Our attorneys answer any questions our clients have about the laws determining which charge prosecutors file against our clients. Understanding the difference between them is critical to mountain a successful defense. We’re here to help you understand them. Read below to learn about both of these serious charges.
Voluntary Manslaughter Enables Us to Seek Less Jail Time
The most significant difference between involuntary and voluntary manslaughter lies in how they are sentenced. For instance, the law treats voluntary manslaughter is second-degree murder. However, voluntary manslaughter includes provisions enabling prosecutors to seek our defense attorneys to secure reduced sentences than most second-degree murder cases.
What is Voluntary Manslaughter?
Voluntary manslaughter is essentially a lesser version of homicide, in the eyes of the court. It constitutes intentional killing. However, there are some things to keep in mind. Voluntary manslaughter crimes are “heat of the moment” killings. Individuals charged with voluntary manslaughter are accused of killing another person without prior intent to kill. A crucial detail for your case. If you are charged with murder, our attorneys might be able to prove you committed the crime with provocation that would cause any reasonable person to commit the crime in passion. Manslaughter is a serious offense and requires a skilled attorney to handle the various aspects of the charge.
What is Involuntary Manslaughter?
As with involuntary manslaughter, there is no premeditation or pre-thought malice involved. However, involuntary manslaughter differs from manslaughter in some crucial yet significant ways. The biggest between the two lies in intent: In involuntary manslaughter cases, individuals killed someone, but did not want to kill that individual. You must meet strict criteria for a prosecutor to charge you with involuntary manslaughter:
- You must have committed an act or acts that led directly to the death of a person.
- The defended understood their actions could result in death.
- Their actions were inherently dangerous or done with a complete lack of regard for human life.
Involuntary manslaughter is a charge commonly seen in vehicular homicide cases. For instance, motorists operating a vehicle while under the influence who kill another person did not want to kill that person. However, their actions led straight to the killing. Assisted suicide and reckless or negligent driving are other actions commonly leading to involuntary manslaughter.
How Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Defend Your Rights
So, how can Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. help? Our job is to secure an acquittal for you, or at the very least, a reduced sentence. Sometimes we might structure our defense with the intent of proving your case didn’t involve homicide, but involuntary or voluntary manslaughter. To do so, we’ll examine the events leading up to the event in question. If charged with manslaughter – whether involuntary or voluntary – then we have a host of options available in terms of defenses, including proving the killing was accidental. We can argue:
- Self-Defense: Colorado has self-defense laws enabling individuals to defend their lives. These laws come with restrictions, but we can use them in your defense if we need to. However, our criminal defense attorneys want you to understand self-defense laws are complicated and might not suit your case.
- Insanity: As with self-defense, insanity is a difficult defense to deploy. If it applies, Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. can attempt to use the argument to secure your freedom and bring an acquittal.
- Violation of Rights: Police must operate by a strict code of performance. One avenue we can explore is whether the police violated your civil liberties at any point during the investigation or arrest. For instance, police must read you your Miranda rights when you are arrested. We can also investigate the chain of evidence and ensure they followed all regulations, laws, and rules.
Contact Us If You Were Charged with Manslaughter in Denver, CO
Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone P.C. provides legal advice and defense to those charged with involuntary and voluntary manslaughter in Denver, CO. We aim to advocate vigilantly in your favor. During your consultation, we’ll explain the situation and charges, before working with you to design a defense strategy. We have a record of getting results in a wide array of areas, including sexual assault charges, domestic violence, robbery, marijuana offenses, and weapons charges. Contact our attorneys today if you need a reliable and capable defense attorney.