Posted on October 14, 2018
Orange County Manslaughter Attorney
Have you been charged, arrested, or are under investigation for manslaughter? Retaining an experienced Orange County manslaughter attorney may be one of the most important decisions you make. At the Law Offices of John D. Rogers, we have successfully defended clients charged with violent crimes, including murder charges and other high-level crimes. We can help mount your defense against the government if you have been charged with voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. For assistance, contact our law office in Orange County; call 949-625-4487 or by e-mail.
Voluntary Manslaughter Charges in Orange County
Voluntary manslaughter is charged under penal code 192(a) pc making it a crime to intentionally kill another person under mitigating circumstances. For instance, you suddenly reacted under the heat of passion after being reasonably provoked by the other person; or you acted in unreasonable self-defense; or the homicide occurred by a sudden quarrel. A common example of heat of passion is discovering your spouse in bed with another lover and you suddenly kill your spouse out of rage, then this would be voluntary manslaughter, and not murder, since it was not a calculated killing. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison with a permanent strike on your record. But additional sentencing enhancement may applied if the homicide was carried out with the use of a firearm or a deadly weapon.
Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in Orange County
Involuntary manslaughter is codified under California penal code 192(b) pc where you can be charged if you acted with criminal negligence resulting in the unintentional death of another. Moreover, if you committed a crime (other than a felony) that resulted in the death of another, or you engaged in an act that might cause the death of another, is involuntary manslaughter. A felony conviction for involuntary manslaughter carries a sentencing range of 2, 3, or 4 years in state prison. However, a misdemeanor conviction carries up to 1 year in the county jail.
Defending Manslaughter Charges in Orange County
Our Orange County lawyers can raise a number of technicalities, issues, and defenses on your behalf to raise the forceful defense(s) you need. Defending manslaughter charges is very fact specific and ordinarily requires the use of crime scene experts and defense investigators. Our skilled attorneys may be able to negotiate for a lesser charge that will allow you to avoid a lengthy prison sentence depending on the facts of your case. If you choose to fight your charges at trial, we have the skill and talent to aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom. Common defenses we can assert to deflect the government’s case include:
- Mistaken Identification
- Insufficient Evidence
- Credibility of the Witnesses
- Ordinary Negligence
- Lack of Intent to Kill
- Substandard Police Investigation
Contact an Experienced Orange County Manslaughter Attorney
If you have been charged with manslaughter, then you need a skilled and reputable Orange County manslaughter defense lawyer on your side. To schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our defense attorneys, call us today or contact us by e-mail. We will help you break down the facts, investigation, and provide guidance in mounting your defense against the prosecution’s case.
- Murder – Penal Code 187 PC
- Attempted Murder – Penal Code 664/187 PC
- Vehicular Manslaughter – Penal Code 192(c) PC