Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class B felony. The crime is punishable by:
- a maximum of 10 years in state prison, and/or
- a maximum fine of $20,000.
Most defendants without a prior criminal history who are convicted of this offense will receive a prison term of between 21 and 27 months. For people with a prior history, the sentence will be much longer.
DEFENSES FOR POSSESSION CHARGES
A skilled criminal defense attorney can raise a legal defense to help an accused contest manslaughter charges. While the most effective defense will depend on the facts of a given case, some common defenses to these charges include:
- even if the defendant’s actions caused a death they did not rise to the level of criminal negligence,
- the defendant was falsely accused, and
- the defendant was arrested after the police coerced a confession.
An accused also has the right to challenge any evidence that the State wants to introduce during the case. This includes evidence like DNA samples, fingerprints, and other forensic evidence.
The criminal defense lawyers at Black & Askerov have over 25 combined years of experience contesting homicide charges – including charges of both first and second-degree manslaughter. They work tirelessly to protect their clients and they defend them with both passion and strength. An allegation of manslaughter is a serious issue that requires a criminal defense attorney that will fight for you at every step along the way. Our team performs nothing less. Contact our firm now and get the legal help you deserve.