San Diego Manslaughter Defense

Accidents happen in life. It is particularly tragic if an accident claims the life of another person, but these accidents to occur from time to time. Good people, especially good people are not perfect, and should they accidentally cause the death of another person they may become overwhelmed by the legal ramifications of their situation.

The law defines manslaughter as the killing of a person without premeditated thoughts. These premeditated thoughts are considered “malice aforethought”, and are a critical difference between murder and manslaughter. The laws of the State of California as well as the County of San Diego establish two distinct levels of manslaughter: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

Voluntary Manslaughter: Voluntary manslaughter mainly includes killing in the heat of passion or while committing a felony. Furthermore, manslaughter is considered unpremeditated criminal homicide that occurs if a defendant was provoked or had diminished capacity to reason.

Involuntary Manslaughter: An individual can be charged with involuntary manslaughter if they cause the death of someone while committing a non-felony crime. An example of involuntary manslaughter in San Diego is vehicular manslaughter, or any homicide that occurs without intent or due to recklessness or negligence.

Let our team of dedicated and experienced manslaughter lawyers help you get the best defense possible in your case. We understand that this traumatic event can have severe repercussions in your life, which is why we endeavor to handle your case as discretely and efficiently as possible. If you have been charged with voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, contact Steigerwalt Law Firm today to review your case!