Ogden Homicide Lawyer
The crime of murder has traditionally been split into different levels because of the grave nature of the crime and the extreme penalties associated with it. Historically, with only one crime of murder, those who caused the death of another negligently, or in the heat of a moment were all sentenced to the same fate, usually a very harsh penalty like life imprisonment or death. Through the years American jurisprudence realized that not all murder cases were the same and they shouldn’t be treated as such. As a result the crime of manslaughter was created, which is a lesser crime to murder. The standard for manslaughter is generally recklessly causing the death of another, as compared to murder which is intentional. The most common example of recklessly causing death is through reckless driving, which is separate from automobile homicide which requires DUI elements.
Criminal Penalties for Manslaughter
Although manslaughter is considered a lesser offense in the family of homicide crimes, it is still a very serious offense. As defined by statute, manslaughter is a second degree felony which could carry a sentence of one-to-fifteen years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Obviously any crime called manslaughter should not be taken lightly and the need for expert legal defense does not get much greater.
Ogden Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing manslaughter charges you are undoubtedly feeling stress and concern over the legal proceedings. The best way to deal with that stress is to hire an attorney to help you defend your rights and understand the legal process. Our lawyers can help you through this difficult process and help you defend yourself. Our attorneys are experienced trial attorneys that know what is at stake for you and will fight tirelessly for your interests. Call 801.823.1200 or email us today to set up a free consultation.