Broken Arrow Manslaughter Lawyers
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The laws define homicide as the act of killing another person. There are different forms of homicide with justifiable motives. However, manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another person. If convicted of this type of crime, the penalties can be significant, and include incarceration for several years.
If you are facing manslaughter charges, you must acquire defense quickly. With so much at stake, including your freedom, rights, and your life, having an experienced attorney is an asset at this time.
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Manslaughter Laws in OK
Violent crimes, including acts of homicide, are classified by degrees—first degree and second degree. Manslaughter is also classified as either a first-degree or second-degree charge.
- First-degree manslaughter is defined as the following:
- Death occurring while committing a misdemeanor
- The killing occurs “in the heat of passion” or when using a lethal weapon
- The individual exerts unnecessary force in avoiding a crime or after a failed attempt
- Killing another person while under the influence
- Second-degree manslaughter is defined as the following:
- Involuntary, or unintentional killing of another person
- Committed while committing an act of criminal negligence or recklessness
An example of second-degree manslaughter if the owner has a pet dog who is known to be ferocious and prone to attack. The owner keeps the dog chained in his yard, but the dog breaks free and mauls another person. That person then dies from the injuries. Therefore, the owner would be considered culpable in a second-degree manslaughter situation.
By law, prosecutors must prove that the death occurred because of the accused person—beyond all reasonable doubt. The evidence must be compelling enough to erase any doubt of culpability. As Broken Arrow manslaughter lawyers, we know how to evaluate these cases. There may be holes or weaknesses in that evidence that we can use to refute prosecutor arguments.
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Our Oklahoma criminal defense firm serves the areas of Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, and Creek County areas. We are known for going above and beyond for our clients, giving them the support through the most difficult of times. When someone has been accused of committing a crime, every step moving forward is critical to determining the outcome for the future. We do everything in our power to ensure that we protect that future.
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