What is Heat of Passion Manslaughter? What is the Difference between First Degree Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter?
“Heat of passion” voluntary manslaughter in Philadelphia requires the jury to find that at the time of the killing, the defendant acted under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation. Passion in terms of voluntary manslaughter means anger and terror that is so intense, strong, and high that it prevents the defendant from…
Philadelphia Homicide and Involuntary Manslaughter Lawyer
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania defines involuntary manslaughter as the act of taking a life as the direct result of a lawful or unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner. The prosecution must prove the person accused of involuntary manslaughter was directly responsible for the victim’s loss of life, and acted in a way that was reckless or grossly negligent.
Pennsylvania law makes a specific distinction when grading involuntary manslaughter charges. If the victim of the alleged crime was under the age of 12 and was in the car, custody or control of the person accused of their death the crime will be charged as a second-degree felony. In almost all other cases, involuntary manslaughter is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor.
Conviction for a second-degree felony involuntary manslaughter can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. A first-degree misdemeanor conviction may result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years. In either case, those accused of involuntary manslaughter in Philadelphia or across the State of Pennsylvania need the aggressive and proven defense of Wimmer Criminal Defense Law.
Defending Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in Philadelphia
Lauren Wimmer is an experienced homicide and murder defense attorney who served the Philadelphia homicide courts for years, and gained an intimate knowledge of the strategies which work in these cases, and those which simply don’t. She aggressively challenges every step of the process to protect her clients and reduce the charges or consequences they face. She investigates the accident scene and reviews the testimony of law enforcement and witnesses. She reviews the physical and medical evidence as well as the process in which it was collected and analyzed.
Lauren Wimmer understands the tactics the prosecution will use and what weaknesses to look for in their evidence and case. She works tirelessly to defend her clients while seeking a dismissal of the charges against them or a reduction in the charges and resulting consequences they will actually face.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Involuntary Manslaughter Defense Attorney
Accidently taking the life of another human being is usually an emotional and psychologically challenging experience for anyone. If you or someone you love is suspected of or charged with involuntary manslaughter in Philadelphia contact Lauren Wimmer for a confidential and free consultation at (215) 712-1212. Take the first step to learn about the potential consequences you will face and the difference Wimmer Criminal Defense Law can make in your case.
Accidents happen. The prosecution in an involuntary manslaughter case must prove the death was the direct result of the defendant’s actions, and that they were reckless or grossly negligent. Lauren Wimmer works to disprove the prosecution’s case and prove that the death, while terribly unfortunate and upsetting, was simply an accident and not the result of negligence or recklessness.
There are critical deadlines to be met and notices which must be filed in a timely manner. It is important to take immediate action to put us to work on your case as soon as possible so we can help to achieve the best possible outcome.