In Maryland a charge for manslaughter can lead to life altering consequences and talking to a Baltimore criminal defense attorney immediately is a crucial aspect in defending yourself against a conviction. Manslaughter charges involve the killing of another person. There are two types of manslaughter that exist and these are voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. A charge for involuntary manslaughter means that the incident occurred purposefully. There was the intention to cause harm to the person.

Voluntary manslaughter is not the same as a murder charge where the action was thought out beforehand and malice existed. In voluntary manslaughter there was intention but it was often a heat of the moment decision. The suspect may have been provoked in some way and they acted quickly in response. An example of this is if an individual finds their spouse cheating and kills the other party right in that moment. They didn’t come into the situation expecting to commit the crime but they did make a conscious decision at that time. Manslaughter is a felony charge that can result in up to 10 years in prison or two years in a correction facility and a fine of $500.

In involuntary manslaughter there is not the same level of intent when the other person is killed. It can be the result of negligence, recklessness or even a criminal act. A common type of involuntary manslaughter involves vehicular manslaughter, where the individual might have been driving while intoxicated. They may be charged with gross negligence of criminal negligence and this will influence the results. They were reckless in breaking the law and driving with more than the legal amount of alcohol in their system but they were not intentional in trying to kill someone. Manslaughter is considered to be a less serious charge than murder but it can still come with considerable penalties. In either situation it is important that you are well represented. Call my office immediately so that I can begin defending you.