Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a person, without malice or premeditation. They are several different kinds of manslaughter someone can be charged with.
Involuntary manslaughter is accidental homicide, such as running into someone with a car. “Voluntary manslaughter” is committed in the “heat of passion,” as in a spontaneous fight in which one person is killed by a strong blow. Manslaughter is usually considered less serious than murder. Both murder and manslaughter are types of homicide.
Voluntary manslaughter is considered a lesser offense than murder. So-called voluntary manslaughter involves the killing of someone in an “unreasonable” act of self-defense.
Involuntary Manslaughter is the accidental or involuntary killing of another human being due either to “gross negligence” or to consequences stemming from the commission of a misdemeanor.
Vehicular Manslaughter is defined as the accidental or involuntary killing of another human being while operating a motor vehicle in a negligent or unlawful fashion. If the driver was intoxicated, they can be charged with a DUI Manslaughter. Repeat DUI offenders who commit vehicular manslaughter could also be charged with a Watson Murder, a second degree murder charge.
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